Frequently Asked Questions About Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids Questions and Answers

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  • Experiencing complications due to chronic constipation, being overweight, straining during bowel movement, sitting for long periods of time or having a family history of hemorrhoids can increase a person’s risk for this condition
  • Generally, patients with hemorrhoids are said to feel better after around two weeks of treatment

Q: What causes hemorrhoids to flare up?

A: While no exact causes have been determined, hemorrhoids usually manifest once increased pressure prompts the veins in your lower abdomen or rectum to be extensively stretched. This causes the blood vessels to bulge and swell, resulting in hemorrhoids.1,2

Q: How do you get hemorrhoids?

A: Different factors can contribute to your chances of being affected with hemorrhoids. Experiencing complications due to chronic constipation, being overweight,3 straining during a bowel movement, sitting for long periods of time or having a family history of hemorrhoids can increase a person’s risk for this condition.4

Q: What does hemorrhoid pain feel like?

A: Pain depends on the type of hemorrhoid you have. Generally, you do not feel discomfort or pain when you have internal hemorrhoids, although bleeding might occur.5 Meanwhile, prolapsed hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids that often bulge out of the anus could be painful and may itch, crack and/or bleed. Sometimes, a pinching sensation when you pass stool might also be felt.6

Q: How long do hemorrhoids last?

A: Generally, patients with hemorrhoids are said to feel better after around two weeks of treatment. Ultimately, however, healing from this condition depends on the type of hemorrhoid. Internal and external hemorrhoids, both of which are often small, take at least seven days to heal. On the other hand, people with prolapsed or thrombosed hemorrhoids recover in around two to three months.7

Q: How do you cure hemorrhoids? Will coconut oil or essential oils work for hemorrhoids?

A: There are various natural remedies that can be done to alleviate hemorrhoid pain. Taking a warm bath or sitz bath, using a bidet instead of dry toilet paper to wipe after a bowel movement and applying ice bags, warm black tea bags or witch hazel compresses on the affected areas are natural, inexpensive and effective methods.8,9,10

Certain oils could also work for treating hemorrhoids. Coconut oil is an example, as the body requires the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) abundant in the oil to prevent hemorrhoids. Plus, this oil contains antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial capabilities.11 Other essential oils may potentially treat hemorrhoids too, such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, cypress oil, dill oil, frankincense oil, chamomile oil and evening primrose oil.12,13

Q: How do you shrink hemorrhoids if natural treatments aren’t working?

A: While natural remedies are your best bet, if you notice that the hemorrhoids are quite large, bleed frequently, trigger excessive pain, disrupt bowel movements or have become swollen and hard, surgical procedures might be considered after consulting with your physician.14,15,16

Three types of surgery may be done for hemorrhoids patients: hemorrhoidectomy, hemorrhoid stapling or hemorrhoidopexy or hemorrhoidal artery ligation.17,18,19

Q: Is hemorrhoid cream effective in treating this disease?

A: As much as possible, avoid using anti-itching hemorrhoid creams or lotions. Most of these products contain a local anesthetic that can cause side effects when used frequently.20

Q: Can you use hemorrhoid suppositories to help relieve pain?

A: You should refrain from using hemorrhoid suppositories. These belong to a class of steroids called topical corticosteroids. Steroids of any kind aren’t the best course of treatment for any disease, as these do not lead to a full recovery and may instead cause side effects like inflamed hair follicles, allergic reactions, infections, rectal pain, burning or itching.21


Hemorrhoids: Introduction

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids Causes

Hemorrhoids Types

Hemorrhoids Symptoms

Hemorrhoids In Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids Treatment

Hemorrhoids Surgery

Hemorrhoids Prevention

Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids Diet

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