How to Ease Hemorrhoid Pain

How to Ease Hemorrhoid Pain

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are cushions of vascular tissue, and are a normal part of healthy anatomy. These tissues sometimes swell and bleed, which causes pain and/or discomfort. Small hemorrhoids are treatable with medication and diet changes.

Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins on the anus or rectum, and may occur from straining to have a bowel movement.

Tips to Soothe Hemorrhoid Pain

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these tips to help soothe hemorrhoid pain and discomfort:

  • Take a warm bath.
  • After a bowel movement, use moistened toilet paper or a moist towelette to clean yourself.
  • Apply an ice pack.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • When recommended by your doctor, try a topical cream. Please note that creams that help numb the area may contain witch hazel, and those that soothe itching may contain hydrocortisone.
  • Avoid using a hemorrhoid medicine unless you have discussed it with your doctor

If you continue to suffer from hemorrhoid pain and discomfort after trying the tips suggested above, surgery may be required.

If you are experiencing bleeding after bowel movements, or itching and pain around the anus, you may be suffering from hemorrhoids. Make an appointment at Avalon Hemorrhoid by calling (626) 310-0771 today. With locations in Pasadena, Glendale and Montrose, the specialists at Avalon Hemorrhoid will help diagnosis which treatment option is the most appropriate for the internal or external hemorrhoid you are diagnosed with.

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ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6289093&page=1

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