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What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus. They can be internal, which means they occur inside the rectum, or external, which means they occur under the skin around the anus. Hemorrhoids are common and usually not serious. They often resolve on their own or can be treated with home remedies, over-the-counter (OTC) products, or prescription medications.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids can range from annoying to debilitating. The most common symptom is itching, which can be intense. Other symptoms include pain, bleeding during bowel movements, and swelling in the anal area. If a blood clot forms in an external hemorrhoid, it can be very painful. Symptoms usually go away within a few days, but can last for weeks or longer. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor so that they can rule out other potential causes and provide relief. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove hemorrhoids.
What causes hemorrhoids?
There are a number of things that can cause hemorrhoids, including:
- Straining during bowel movements
- Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
- Having chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Being obese
- Suffering from anal fissures (tears in the anal canal)
- Pregnancy (due to the increased pressure on the veins in the pelvis)
- Aging (the connective tissue in the rectum and anus weaken with age)
- Anal intercourse
- Low fiber diet
- Regular heavy lifting
How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?
There are a few different ways that hemorrhoids can be diagnosed. A visual exam can often be enough to diagnose hemorrhoids, as your healthcare provider will be able to see swollen blood vessels in the anal area. Another option is a digital rectal exam, which involves your healthcare provider inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to check for abnormal lumps or masses. In some cases, a hemorrhoid may need to be biopsied in order to rule out other conditions, such as cancer. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, pain, or itching, it is important to make an appointment with your healthcare provider so that they can properly diagnose and treat your condition.
How are hemorrhoids treated?
There are many treatments for hemorrhoids, including over-the-counter creams and suppositories and sometimes even surgery.
However, hemorrhoids can be treated at home with some simple lifestyle changes. These include:
- Eating a high-fiber diet
- Taking stool softeners
- Avoiding straining during bowel movements
- Exercising regularly
- Using warm baths to soothe the area
- Applying ice packs to reduce swelling
In some cases, over-the-counter creams or suppositories may be necessary to provide relief from pain and itching. If home remedies and OTC treatments do not improve symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend prescription hemorrhoid medication or a minimally invasive procedure to remove the hemorrhoids. Surgery is typically only recommended for severe cases that do not respond to other treatment options.
What type of hemorrhoid medication is there?
There are a variety of medications available to treat hemorrhoids. For mild cases, over-the-counter creams and ointments can be effective in relieving symptoms. These products typically contain local anesthetics or steroids that help to reduce inflammation and pain. More severe cases may require prescription-strength medications. These include topical creams, suppositories, or oral medications.
How can DrHouse help you?
With DrHouse, you can get a personalized treatment plan for your hemorrhoids. With the DrHouse app, you can easily connect with an online clinician who can help determine the best course of action for you.
We can also provide you with information and resources on how to live with and manage your condition and even prescribe hemorrhoid medication online. DrHouse is here to help you every step of the way.
PS! There is a national shortage of prescription hemorrhoid medications. Before the visit, please ensure that your local pharmacy has prescription hemorrhoid medications! If not, online pharmacies may have hemorrhoid medications in stock.
If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, it is important to seek in-person medical attention as soon as possible.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
What is the best medicine to use on hemorrhoids?
While there are a number of different treatments available, not all of them are equally effective. Some common treatments, such as over-the-counter creams and ointments, can provide temporary relief but do not address the underlying problem. Other treatments, such as surgery, can be more effective but are also more invasive and can come with a significant recovery time. The best medicine for hemorrhoids is often a combination of approaches, including lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medication, and prescription hemorrhoid medication.
Do hemorrhoids need medication?
Hemorrhoids generally do not require medication, but there are a few cases where it may be necessary. For example, if the hemorrhoids are particularly large or painful, your doctor may prescribe a cream or ointment to help ease the discomfort.
When should I see a doctor about my hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are a common condition that can cause discomfort and bleeding. Although they often resolve on their own, persistent hemorrhoids may require medical treatment.
You should see a doctor if you experience any of the following: rectal bleeding, prolapse (where the hemorrhoid protrudes through the anus), pain or discomfort during bowel movements, itching or irritation in the anal area, or a sensation of fullness in the rectum.
If you have any concerns about your hemorrhoids, it is important to speak to a doctor so that they can rule out any other potential causes of your symptoms.
Can online doctors prescribe hemorrhoid medication online?
Yes, online doctors can prescribe hemorrhoid medication online. With the DrHouse app, you can easily connect with an online clinician who can help determine the best course of action for you and prescribe medication as needed.
Can online doctors treat hemorrhoids?
Yes, online doctors can treat hemorrhoids. By conducting a virtual consultation, an online doctor can assess the severity of your condition and recommend a course of treatment. In some cases, this may involve the use of topical creams or ointments. For more severe cases, an online doctor may prescribe oral medication or recommend a procedure such as hemorrhoid surgery. No matter what course of treatment is recommended, online doctors can provide the care and support you need to get relief from your symptoms.
Is the hemorrhoid cream prescription only?
No, hemorrhoid cream is not prescription only. However, there are some creams and ointments that are available by prescription only. These products typically contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than over-the-counter products and may be more effective for severe cases of hemorrhoids. If you are considering using a prescription-strength medication, it is important to speak to a doctor first so that they can determine whether it is the best option for you.
Can you get oral medication for hemorrhoids?
Yes, you can get oral medication for hemorrhoids. In some cases, an over-the-counter medication may be all that is needed to provide relief from hemorrhoid symptoms. For more severe cases, a prescription medication may be necessary. Prescription medications for hemorrhoids typically come in the form of pills or suppositories and can be taken orally or inserted rectally. These medications can help to reduce inflammation and pain, and may also help to shrink the size of the hemorrhoids. If you are considering using prescription medication for your hemorrhoids, it is important to speak to a doctor first so that they can determine whether it is the best option for you.
How long does it take for hemorrhoids to shrink?
The amount of time it takes for hemorrhoids to shrink will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the treatment method used. In most cases, hemorrhoids will shrink within a few days to weeks. However, some cases may take longer to resolve.
Do hemorrhoid creams really work?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the effectiveness of hemorrhoid cream will vary from person to person. However, many people find that hemorrhoid creams can help to relieve pain, itching, and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids. If you are considering using a hemorrhoid cream, it is important to speak to a doctor first so that they can determine whether it is the best option for you.
How to get prescription medication for hemorrhoids online?
If you are considering using prescription medication for your hemorrhoids, it is important to speak to a doctor first so that they can determine whether it is the best option for you. With the DrHouse app, you can easily connect with an online clinician who can help assess the severity of your condition and prescribe medication as needed. Simply download the app, set up your account, choose your plan, and start an on-demand virtual visit with a clinician.