Hemorrhoids. Topical Cream May Help
Hemorrhoids. It’s not exactly a dinner table topic people want to talk about in social settings. But more people suffer from the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids than you might think. An estimated 50 percent of all adults have experienced a hemorrhoid flare-up at some point, according to the National Health Care Survey. And about 12 percent of those seek medical care for rectal bleeding, itching, swelling, and discomfort around the anus.
In most cases, hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins around your anus, will heal on their own and the symptoms will disappear. But having hemorrhoids can be a distraction that interferes with your work or social life. In most cases, you don’t need medical care to treat hemorrhoids. But you can treat the symptoms and minimize any discomfort by applying hemorrhoid cream. If you cannot resolve your symptoms, a proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, will be able to help you.
What Causes Hemorrhoids
One of the primary causes of hemorrhoids is sitting for long periods of time. A lot of adults spend more than 9 hours a day sitting. That includes driving and commute times for work, sitting during meals, and sitting to watch TV. Sitting for long periods of time puts pressure on the veins around the anus and causes inflammation that can result in a hemorrhoid flare-up. No wonder an estimated 40 percent of all adults experience hemorrhoids at some point.
Other common causes for hemorrhoids include being pregnant. For women, carrying the weight of a baby in utero progressively puts more pressure on the anus for nine months or until delivery. For pregnant women who do experience hemorrhoids, the symptoms may clear up after giving birth. Truck drivers who spend as many as 18 hours a day sitting frequently experience hemorrhoids. And being overweight or obese is a common factor that contributes to hemorrhoids by placing added pressure on the veins around the anus. Lack of fiber and straining while having a bowel movement has also been linked to hemorrhoids.
If you have hemorrhoids, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem many people experience, but seldom talk openly about. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to treat the symptoms is as simple as using hemorrhoid cream.
How to Use Hemorrhoid Cream
Hemorrhoid cream is widely available in store pharmacies, and it’s an effective way to reduce hemorrhoidal swelling. The creams aim at ameliorating the symptoms of hemorrhoids, however they do little to actually treat them and prevent them from recurring.
You can apply hemorrhoid cream around the outside of your anus, or internally to further reduce symptoms. Here are the basic steps for using hemorrhoid cream:
For external use
- Squeeze the tube of hemorrhoid cream and apply a small amount to your finger.
- Apply the hemorrhoid cream around the outside of your anus with your finger.
- Use hemorrhoid cream 3 to 4 times daily, and always at night and in the morning.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap after each application of hemorrhoid cream.
For internal use
If applying hemorrhoid cream to the exterior of your anus does not provide relief, you may want to apply hemorrhoid cream internally to further reduce swelling and discomfort caused by swollen hemorrhoidal tissues.
- Try to have a bowel movement before an internal application of hemorrhoid cream.
- Attach the applicator with a rounded tip to the tube of hemorrhoidal cream.
- Squeeze the tube of hemorrhoidal cream gently to fill the applicator with the hemorrhoid cream.
- Lubricate the end of the applicator with petroleum jelly or other safe lubricant and gently insert the applicator into your rectum.
- Squeeze the tube of hemorrhoid cream gently to move the cream in the applicator into the rectum.
- Remove the applicator and wash with soap and warm water, and wash your hands.
- Try not to have a bowel movement for a couple hours after an internal application of hemorrhoid cream.
Other Hemorrhoid Remedies
Hemorrhoid cream has been used for decades to relieve the temporary symptoms caused by inflamed veins or hemorrhoidal tissue around the anus. It helps treat the symptoms until the flare-up subsides usually within a few days to a week. But hemorrhoid cream is not the only over-the-counter treatment option. Other hemorrhoid remedies include
- Using medicated wipes
- Improving digestion and ease of bowel movements by drinking more water and eating more fiber
- Soaking regularly in a warm bath
- Using moist towelettes instead of dry toilet paper
- Applying a cold pack to your anus to reduce hemorrhoidal swelling
- Taking over-the-counter medicine to reduce pain and inflammation
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
The board certified surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates will be able to help you with all of your hemorrhoid problems. They have special expertise in all diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.
Call (310)273-2310 to schedule a confidential consultation.