Do Hemorrhoids Go Away?


Hemorrhoids or piles as they are also known are veins in the lower rectum and anus that woman sittinghave become swollen and inflamed.

In most cases, hemorrhoids occur due to excessive straining and pressure placed on these veins when having a bowel movement.

Hemorrhoids can range from mild to severe.

One of the most common questions people have is do hemorrhoids go away on their own?

Unfortunately the answer to that question is no.  Hemorrhoids will not go away without some type of treatment.

When left untreated, they can easily become more irritated, painful and swollen from things like using the bathroom, sitting for extended periods of time, constipation, diarrhea and eating an unhealthy low fiber diet.

Whether mild or severe, hemorrhoids need to be treated in order to go away.

To keep hemorrhoids from progressing, it is best to begin treatment as soon as they occur.


Types Of Hemorrhoids


There are two types of hemorrhoids; internal and external.

Internal hemorrhoids can be present for a long time without you even knowing it because in most cases they do not cause any problems at all.

Most cases of internal hemorrhoids are discovered from bright red blood being discovered in the stool or on the toilet paper after wiping.

If internal hemorrhoids are untreated and continue to progress they may eventually reach a stage of prolapse, which is when they protrude outside of the anus.

On the other hand external hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus and usually present themselves as small tender lumps that can be seen and felt.

External hemorrhoids can cause extreme itching and irritation and if for some reason the blood flow to the hemorrhoid gets cut off it will become what’s called a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.

A thrombosed hemorrhoid can caused excruciating pain and may require immediate medical attention for relief.


How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last?


Another common question of those suffering with hemorrhoids is how long do hemorrhoids last?

This can vary from person to person and depends on the severity of your hemorrhoids outbreak.

For someone with a mild outbreak they may only last for a week or two.  But for others with more severe cases they may not go away until you seek treatment from a medical professional.


Home Hemorrhoid Treatments


Some simple home hemorrhoid treatments that will bring relief for mild to moderate hemorrhoids include but are not limited to the following:

Hemorrhoid Creams and Ointments – These are a great way to obtain relief from hemorrhoid pain and swelling when in the midst of a hemorrhoid outbreak.  However, they are only designed for short term use and do not cure hemorrhoids.

There are creams and ointments that cover different hemorrhoid symptoms, so be sure to choose a product that is right for your particular symptoms.

Warm Sitz Baths – Using warm baths to relieve hemorrhoid pain is one of the most successful home treatments available.

The warm water works to relieve itching and irritation, reduce the swelling and keep the area clean.

If using warm sitz baths aim for two to three per day until the hemorrhoids subside.

Over The Counter Pain Medication – Products such as Tylenol or Motrin work well to reduce the pain from hemorrhoids.

Use the product according to package directions and only take when needed.

Ice – Applying ice directly to the hemorrhoid will provide cooling relief on contact and help reduce the pain and swelling.

Ice can be used as much as needed throughout the day.

Witch Hazel – Using Witch Hazel is a great way to reduce itching and swelling.

Witch Hazel will help to heal and tighten the hemorrhoid tissue.

Witch Hazel can also be used after bowel movements to keep the swelling down and the area clean.

Eat A Healthy High Fiber Diet – Eating a well-balanced fiber rich diet will help to keep your body healthy from the inside out, which in turn helps to reduce hemorrhoid outbreaks.

The fiber will also help you to avoid constipation by keeping your body regular.

Water – Drink at least eight glasses of water daily.

Water helps remove toxins from the body and helps with digestion by moving wastes through quicker.

Avoid sitting for long periods of time – If you must sit for extended periods of time use a donut pillow to take some of the direct pressure off of your rear end.

You should also try to take a break at least once every hour to stand up and move around.

This will also take the pressure off your bottom and keep the blood flowing.

If after using these home hemorrhoid treatments for a week you are not seeing any improvement, you should contact your doctor for other treatment options as soon as possible before the hemorrhoids have a chance to progress.

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