Hemorrhoids can most often be treated at home by:
Eating high-fiber containing foods
Taking a stool softener or a fiber supplement such as psyllium
Staying hydrated as recommended by your health care professional
Avoiding straining during bowel movements
Avoiding long periods of time on the toilet.
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin
Sitting in a tub of warm water, called a sitz bath, several times a day to help relieve pain
Most often, doctors advise using over-the-counter products for 1 week. Follow up with your doctor if there is no relief in your symptoms after 1 week and/or your symptoms have worsened. Most prolapsed internal hemorrhoids go away without at-home treatment. However, severely prolapsed or bleeding internal hemorrhoids may need medical treatment.
Hemorrhoids are treated by a doctor during an office visit, in an outpatient center, or in a hospital. The following procedures can be done in an office setting.
Ligation treatment is used by doctors to treat bleeding or prolapsing internal hemorrhoids. In this treatment, a doctor places a special rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoids. The blood supply gets cut off and the banded part of the hemorrhoid dries up and falls off within a week mostly. Scar tissue left behind gets healed by itself. This procedure is performed by trained doctors and one should never try to do it by himself.Learn more
A solution is injected into the internal hemorrhoid by a doctor, which causes scar tissue to form. The scar tissue cuts off the blood supply, often shrinking hemorrhoids.Learn more
In this procedure, a doctor utilizes a tool that directs infrared light at the internal hemorrhoid. The heat created by the infrared light causes scar tissue to form, which cuts off the blood supply, often shrinking hemorrhoids.Learn more
The following procedures can be done in an outpatient center or hospital treatments.
A surgeon performs surgery in which the large external hemorrhoids and prolapsing internal hemorrhoids resistant to non-surgical treatments are removed. Anesthesia is required before performing a hemorrhoidectomy. The risk of surgical complications is associated.Learn more
A surgeon removes internal hemorrhoid tissue by using a staple and pulls a prolapsing internal hemorrhoid back into the anus. Anesthesia is required before performing a hemorrhoidectomy. The risk of surgical complications is associated.Learn more