What can you do when hemorrhoids come back? Hemorrhoids are one of the most persistent chronic conditions, leading many to become frustrated at the very slow path to healing. Luckily, there are numerous different therapies available for chronic hemorrhoids. If one therapy is not efficacious, there are many others you can try. Here is a brief run-down of some of the major therapies used to treat hemorrhoids. For some individuals, it sometimes becomes necessary to employ a variety of techniques in order to control hemorrhoids and finally find some relief.
One of the best things you can do if you suffer from hemorrhoids is to make important dietary changes. Follow a diet that is low in overall fat, high in fiber, and low in refined and processed foods. Diet is very important because hemorrhoids appear to be a Western problem. In some parts of the world, hemorrhoids appear to be virtual non-existent. Many researchers believe that this phenomenon can be traced to diet.
Why is fiber so very important? Simple. People who do not get enough fiber in their diet tend to strain when going to the bathroom. A lack of fiber can make bowel movements difficult to pass, causing straining. This pressure, in turn, constitutes one of the greatest dangers to those who are vulnerable to developing hemorrhoids. In order to prevent the onset or return of hemorrhoids, you should strive to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fibers.
For those who may be prone to developing hemorrhoids, it is recommended that they speak to their physician about integrating bulking agents into their daily diets. The use of bulking agents is an important step in preventing the onset of hemorrhoids.
Bulking agents are designed as very mild laxatives that improve bowel movements so that there is no straining. Along with improvements to bowel habits, individuals who are prone to developing hemorrhoids should also strive to avoid standing for extended periods of time, and to avoid constant heavy lifting.
One of the most common approaches to healing hemorrhoids is the use of topical therapies, such as salves and ointments. For the most part, look to topical therapy to relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids, such as itching, bleeding, burning, and swelling.
While there are many over the counter and prescription topical therapies that can help address these often-painful symptoms, for the most part topical therapies cannot help cure hemorrhoids for good. Common topical therapies include hydrocortisone and over the counter medications such as Tucks, witch hazel, and topical herbal remedies.
For the most persistent and chronic cases of hemorrhoids, hydrotherapy is recommended to bring relief. Hydrotherapy involves the use of water to ease the symptoms hemorrhoids. The most popular form of hydrotherapy is sitz baths, also known as ‘hip baths.’
Monopolar Direct Therapy
For the most extensive and chronic hemorrhoid problems, monopolar direct therapy is quickly becoming the therapy of choice. Done on an outpatient procedure, monopolar direct therapy involves inverse galvanism to zap hemorrhoids away. Monopolar direct therapy is quickly becoming the therapy of choice for long-suffering hemorrhoids patients.
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