Hemorrhoids are very common and rarely cause any major health concerns. Over time they tend to get better with some lifestyle and dietary changes. If hemorrhoids occur externally then you might experience tenderness, discomfort, and pain. There are instances, where the lump might get infected and the skin starts to erode. In such cases, it is advised to seek treatment from a specialist rather than addressing the condition with home remedies. The specialist will provide you with an array of treatments.
Starting from simple home remedies to prescription treatments for hemorrhoids to surgery, there are various options available. However, depending on the severity of the condition and location will determine the type of treatment that will be best for you.
Conservative treatments of Hemorrhoids
One of the easiest ways to prevent developing hemorrhoids is to bring about a change in your diet. Including fibers in your diet will help in bowel movements and ease the pain. There are also over-the-counter medications that help in the easier and regular movements of the bowel. These medications not only prevent constipation but also helps in preventing the recurrence of hemorrhoids. To soothe the pain and the itchiness, sitting in warm water for 10-15 minutes daily will be helpful. A Sitz bath relaxes the muscle around the anus and increases blood flow.
Prescription treatment creams, suppositories, and other topical treatments help in shrinking the hemorrhoid tissue and getting rid of the itchiness. However, medications that are used to treat acute symptoms should be used only for a week. If these conservative treatments fail to address the condition then surgery might be necessary.
What are Suppositories?
Suppositories are made by combining oil/cream and medicine and are inserted into the rectum. This type of treatment helps treat mild symptoms. Various types of suppositories are made using different medications. Some might help in overcoming constipation, while some might help to overcome the inflammation and swelling.
Suppository vs. Topical medication – which is better?
Depending on whether the hemorrhoid is internal or external will determine whether a suppository will be better or topical medication. If the hemorrhoid is located externally, then the application of the cream, ointment, or over-the-counter medications may help in deriving relief for some time. It helps in easing itchiness, burning sensation, and discomfort. Whereas suppository treatments are best used for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. This type of hemorrhoid often goes unnoticed as they rarely manifest any symptoms. It also helps in the treatment of external hemorrhoids as well.
However, while using both suppositories and topical, one must be aware that they should be used only for a limited time as extended use can lead to further complications. Typically, suppositories work best if used after the bowel movement for the effect to last longer. It is recommended to be used at least two to four times a day for a week. Whereas prescription hemorrhoid creams and other topical treatments can be used as and whenever you need to ease the pain. But as compared to suppositories, topical does not last much longer. It is normal to see blood spots in your stool with hemorrhoids but if you start noticing black stool or a large amount of blood then it is best to call the physician.
How to use a suppository?
Before using a suppository, check the suppository and applicant. A soap and sink may come in handy. You can also use lubricant jelly so that it is easier for you to insert the medicine. You can insert the suppository on your own, however, if you are not handy using it then you can ask a family member to lend you a helping hand.
Check if the suppository is firm or not. Chill the medicine in the fridge for a few minutes if you find it warm. this will provide you with relief once inserted. If possible, always use a suppository only after passing your bowels. This will help in holding the medicinal effect for a longer period.
Be it over-the-counter medicine or a suppository, you are advised to limit the use to only up to one week. The reason is that it can cause skin inflammation, thinning, and rashes. It can also irritate the delicate tissues in and around the rectum. Even for prescription medication treatment, strictly follow the doctor’s instructions while using it. Consult your doctor if you feel that the medication does not help ease your discomfort. Last but not the least, suppositories and prescription hemorrhoid treatments are one of the options available. If they are not successful in providing relief then talk to your doctor to consider other options.