In order to treat hemorrhoids effectively, it is helpful to define the condition and understand the cause. Hemorrhoids refer to veins that become swollen in the anal canal. While the condition results in pain and discomfort, it is not considered a serious health problem in and of itself.
How Hemorrhoids Develop
Besides the anal canal, the veins near the opening of the anus may also swell, thereby creating a condition known as external hemorrhoids. You may have both internal and external hemorrhoids at the same time. The symptomatology and choice of treatment then may depend on where the hemorrhoids are located and the extent of the problem. Hemorrhoids can develop for any one of a number of reasons. Any kind of pressure placed on the pelvic or rectal area may cause hemorrhoid development both internally and externally. Straining to move a stool can increase pressure on the rectum, which in turn causes veins to swell and stretch.
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Hemorrhoid Development during Pregnancy
Pregnant women can also get hemorrhoids after the first three months of pregnancy. Typically, an increase in pressure in the pelvic area results in the formation of hemorrhoids. If a woman strains to push out the baby during labor, then a hemorrhoid condition can result. Obesity can also increase the chance of hemorrhoid development.
Hemorrhoid symptoms may include:
- Bleeding during a bowel movement;
- Rectal pain and discomfort
Over-the-Counter Remedies: Ointments and Creams
To decide which hemorrhoid treatment is best, you have to consider the extent of the problem. Typically, if hemorrhoid pain and discomfort is mild, the doctor will suggest over-the-counter suppositories, ointments, pads or creams. The ingredients in these products usually include hydrocortisone or witch hazel, both of which are meant to temporarily relieve itching and pain.
However, health practitioners advise not to use these remedies, especially creams, for over a week. Otherwise, these kinds of medicines can cause such side effects as inflammation, thinning of the skin or rashes.
Rubber Band Ligation
Minimally invasive procedures or surgery may also be advised to bring hemorrhoid relief. One of the popular procedures, rubber band ligation, entails placing two very small rubber bands at the base of an internal hemorrhoid. The process cuts off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid, thereby causing it to wither and fade. Sclerotherapy is another alternative. The swollen vein is injected with a chemical that causes it to shrink and die.
A Natural Remedy
The pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids is also eased with supplementation by capsules. Fast results, without undue side effects can be obtained without the use of messy wipes or creams. One hemorrhoid formulation that can be taken orally, and provides relief for up to six months, is the product known as Hemocyl.
The capsules of this supplement contain the following natural plant ingredients:
- Messua Ferea – an extract of a shrub grown in the forests of India;
- Berberis Vulgaris or Barberry – grown in the Himalayas, it features anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties;
- Melia Azdirachta – Used in ayurvedic medicine, this plant extract comes from India and is known as a blood purifier and antiseptic.
Results from the supplementation can be realized in as little as two weeks.