External Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around the lower part of the anus. They can be felt as lumps or bulges around the external opening of the anus and can be painful as the skin around them is sensitive. Most of the times, however, they are just bothersome protrusions that make hygiene and personal care difficult.
Sometimes external hemorrhoids develop blood clots inside of them (a condition known as thrombosis). This can cause problems as thrombosis of an external hemorrhoid can be very painful and often times requires medical attention.
What causes external hemorrhoids?
External hemorrhoids can come about from the following pressure related reasons:
- Pregnancy and child birth
- Lifting heavy objects
- Prolonged sitting
What are the symptoms?
- Itchiness or burning around the anus
- A painful bulge or firm lump around the rim of the anus. This may have a blue or purple tint.
- Blood on the toilet paper or stool after a bowel movement.
How to cure external hemorrhoids
There are numerous ways to treat and cure external hemorrhoids. The right treatment depends on the severity.
If there is only mild discomfort, the doctor may suggest trying hemorrhoid creams and ointments. These contain witch hazel or a topical anti-inflammatory agent containing hydrocortisone. In general, creams/ointments usually do a great job of providing fast relief, but they don’t necessarily eliminate the hemorrhoid.
For a more permanent or long term solution, you will need to look for a treatment that targets the specific cause of the hemorrhoid. If you’re interested in home remedy treatments, the most effective and by far the most popular is the H-Miracle System. You can visit their website (the previous link) or see our H-Miracle System review for more information.
For an easy to take treatment, Hem-Relief would be a good option. It is one of the few hemorrhoid treatments that comes in a capsule form. You can order it from Amazon (previous link) or read our product review here.
If you like homeopathic medicines, Venapro Hemorrhoid Relief Formula is very popular. It is a 2 part system, which targets the hemorrhoid(s) and works to prevent new ones from forming. See our Venapro review for more information.
Taking warm baths or sitz baths is another common method for treating external hemorrhoids. This treatment soothes the hemorrhoid and gives you some short term relief. There are specially designed tubs called Sitz Bath available at leading medical stores. This is a small tub and is specially designed to allow the soaking of hemorrhoids without taking a bath. In this process the rectal area is soaked in hot water for 15-20 minutes about 2-4 times a day. Not only does this help relieve symptoms but also helps shrink the external hemorrhoid. Other simpler treatments for mild cases include ice packs, seat cushions, moist cloths and loose underwear.
If the hemorrhoids are severe, your doctor may recommend hemorrhoid surgery . To see a treatment that doesn’t require surgery, click here. Three surgical procedures to remove external hemorrhoids are:
- Laser coagulation – The hemorrhoid is clotted with an electric probe which makes it shrink.
- Infrared photocoagulation – The hemorrhoid is clotted with infrared light to make it shrink.
- Hemorrhoidectomy – Complete removal of the hemorrhoid.
Regardless of the severity of the hemorrhoid, to ensure long term relief from hemorrhoids it is important to have a healthy diet. Consuming the right foods and beverages will help decrease the risk of getting hemorrhoids.
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