Bleeding hemorrhoids can understandably send afflicted individuals into a panic. Aside from the moderate to severe pain in the anal area, which results in difficulty in sitting and even lying down in certain positions, the sight and smell of blood can be unsettling!
If someone is suffering from this then it is important to learn how to cure the bleeding hemorrhoids as quickly as possible.
Try not to worry and read on as we show you how to stop bleeding hemorrhoids.
First Line of Of Defense
Keep in mind that the severity, frequency and duration of the symptoms related to the bleeding hemorrhoids largely determine the type, dosage and duration of the medications. Side effects should be expected especially when these medications are used improperly (i.e., used far beyond the recommended duration and/or dosage).
Doctors usually recommend the following medications for pain relief:
- Creams and pads with witch hazel and hydrocortisone
- Suppositories inserted into the anus containing hydrocortisone to temporarily relieve the painful and itchy sensations in the area
- Oral medications like aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen
Second Line of Treatment
When these medications are combined with lifestyle remedies and prevention measures, the bleeding hemorrhoids can be cured in as little as a few weeks. But when the symptoms worsen despite these natural methods, more radical treatments may be necessary.
- These minimally invasive procedures are usually considered with the hemorrhoid has a blood clot. Even a simple incision in it can provide instant relief! Rubber band ligation can be done as an outpatient procedure so little downtime is required. Basically, one or two special rubber bands are placed around the base of the hemorrhoid, thus, effectively cutting off its blood supply. Within a week, the hemorrhoid can fall off.
- Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical formulated to shrink the hemorrhoid.
- Coagulation techniques use infrared, laser or bipolar technologies to harden the hemorrhoids, thus, causing these swollen veins to shrivel in size.
Keep in mind that these minimally invasive procedures have different rates of success depending on the specific conditions of the patient. In most cases, rubber band ligation is the most effective with coagulation techniques having the highest risks for recurrence. Afflicted individuals are well-advised to discuss their options with their doctors.
Last Line of Treatment
In the case of large bleeding hemorrhoids or piles that remain unresponsive to the first and second lines of treatment, surgery is the best option. Hospitalization is a must during the surgery so downtime should be expected.
Depending on the extent of the bleeding hemorrhoids, one of the following surgical procedures will be chosen:
- Hemorrhoidectomy involves the removal of excess tissue causing the bleeding from the anus, thus, making it the most effective surgical method.
- Hemorrhoid stapling involves blocking the blood flow to the tissues of the piles. This has been associated with higher risks for recurrence and prolapsed – the hemorrhoid protrudes from the anus – but when it is successful, it has lesser pain and lesser downtime for the patient.
Of course, all of the above mentioned medical treatments for getting rid of hemorrhoids will be for nothing if and when healthy lifestyle habits are not adopted. Eating a fiber-rich diet; drinking more glasses of water; exercising for 30 minutes a day; avoiding prolonged sitting; and good bowel movement habits are a must to lessen the risks for recurrence of hemorrhoids.