What are the treatment options for hemorrhoids?

Make It Go Away! Treatment for Hemorrhoids

The simplest remedy for hemorrhoids is to avoid getting them in the first place. But sometimes that is outside of your control, and there's no denying it--they're truly a pain in the butt. Treating hemorrhoids is possible and, with diligence, you may be able to permanently alleviate your problem.

There are several approaches to hemorrhoid treatment, and the severity of the problem dictates which is the best choice. In mild cases, simple changes in your diet and bowel habits may do the trick. Diets high in fiber will increase the regularity of your bowel movements, preventing the buildup of too much pressure, which can stress volatile hemorrhoidal tissue. Stool softeners are also effective for easing the passage of waste through the tender and vulnerable area.

Medical intervention offers several options, with hemorrhoidectomy (surgical removal) being the last resort. Fixative procedures are non-surgical methods of treatment designed to alleviate the pressure on swollen tissue and toughen up the area around the anus, thereby reducing the possibility of additional lesions forming. Examples include:

  • Rubber band ligation- Literally, a rubber band is used to tie off the enlarged hemorrhoid.
  • Injection sclerotherapy- Chemicals are injected in order to shrink the swollen tissue.
  • Coagulation therapy- Uses heat, laser, or electric current to create scar tissue that toughens up and lends support to the area around the anus where vulnerable hemorrhoidal tissue sits.

Sometimes there's nothing you can do to prevent hemorrhoids from rearing their ugly heads (no choice during childbirth, for example). But treating them properly may keep hemorrhoids from continuing to plague you.

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