An increasingly common malady, hemorrhoids can cause a great deal of anxiety and aggravation, are difficult to treat, and quite painful. One of the most difficult facets of dealing with them is the location. Because hemorrhoids, or at least external hemorrhoids, attack the sensitive skin surrounding the anus, individuals often find treatment options almost as painful as the condition itself.
Some are even tempted to take treatment into their own hands out of frustration, applying topical ointments that are generally unsafe or unproved for treatment of the condition. Because of the frustrating nature of the condition, you may be tempted to try just about anything in private to heal your hemorrhoids. Luckily, there are a few proven treatment options that are known to be safe, effective, and relatively side effects-free.
Many of the most soothing and safest topical treatments for hemorrhoids are natural remedies. For cases of milder hemorrhoids, try applying a comfrey salve to the affected area.
To make a comfrey salve, combine comfrey with St. John’s Wort and Calendula, herbs know for their anti-inflammatory properties. Blend in enough witch hazel so you end up with a smooth, consistent salve. Store salve in the refrigerator, it will make your comfrey salve last longer, and the cold sensation will provide comforting but temporary relief while applying the salve to affected rectal areas.
This salve can be applied every night; make sure you use a generous amount. Follow an schedule of applying five days, then two days without applying salve. If irritation continues or worsens, consult your primary care physician. Although this salve is generally considered safe, as always, everyone has different sensibilities and sensitivities. If you detect any increase in irritation, discontinue use immediately.
If youd rather have hemorrhoid ointments prepared for you, see your physician for an exam. If your doctor opts to prescribe a topical ointment for your case, chances are they will give you hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is used to treat many of the most painful physical symptoms of hemorrhoids.
These can take in itching, swelling, and overall inflammation of skin surrounding the anus. One of the disadvantages to using hydrocortisone relates to the possible side effects of using this very potent ointment. Hydrocortisone has been known to cause side effects such as stinging, increased itching, sensations of burning, and increased redness.
Many times, these side effects have more to do with the body’s adjustment to the medication. It often takes time for your body to get used to the potency of hydrocortisone ointments. Most of the times, these undesirable side effects will go away after a few days of continued use. But because of its potency, hydrocortisone must be applied in very small doses. More is surely not better in this case.