How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids

Medical Procedures

1. Rubber Band Ligation

Advantage: The hemorrhoid shrinks and falls off in about 10 days. It is less costly and will result in scar formation to support the veins, halting them from bulging in the anal canal in the future.

Disadvantage: Most patients experience a sensation of fullness in the lower abdomen and the need to have a bowel movement following the procedure. Some patients may experience the inability to pass urine or infection in the anal area.

2. Sclerotherapy

Advantage: This procedure is recommended to get rid of hemorrhoids for patients that due to health issues should not undergo surgery. Scarring reinforces the anal wall, preventing future bulging and reoccurrence.

Disadvantage: The physician could miss the small three to five milligram injection site causing immediate pain. There is a postoperative risk of clotting and excessive bleeding.

3. Hemorrhoidectomy

Advantage: The surrounding blood vessels are removed decreasing the likelihood of future hemorrhoidal issues. This procedure has a high success rate for the alleviation of hemorrhoids and symptoms.

Disadvantage: There is a risk of complications with surgery and anesthesia. A three-day hospitalization is required along with three to five weeks convalescing at home after surgery. The financial aspects may be traumatizing, including time missed from work and surgery cost.

Natural Remedies

1. Plant Herbs

Advantage: Aloe vera, bayberry, garlic and turmeric soothes the irritation and relieves the itching and pain without a hospital stay or the risks associated with surgery. Garlic may be applied with a soothing enema. No external substance is injected into the body.

Disadvantage: The disadvantage of choosing plant herbs is the amount of time required. Plant herbs may not be a permanent solution for some people.

2. Warm Sitz Baths

Advantage: Warm sitz baths have been used for centuries for the reduction of swelling and discomfort. It is also very simple and free remedy.

Disadvantage: Often a warm sitz bath brings only temporary relief of symptoms.

3. Drinking Water and Taking Stool Softeners

Advantage: Water is good for the body, especially the digestive system. Softer stools help avoid further irritation, allowing the inflamed tissue time to heal.

Disadvantage: Drinking water and taking stool softeners treats symptoms, but is usually not a permanent cure.