When Should I See A Doctor About My Hemorrhoids

Published: 05th July 2009
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While most people may experience the discomfort of hemorrhoids some time in their life, if over the counter or natural home remedies do not help and pain or other symptoms are present, then it may be time to consult a physician.

Consult a doctor about your hemorrhoids if:

• Pain lasts longer than one week using home remedies

• Severe swelling (very painful to sit or even lie down)

• Tissue from inside the body bulges from the anus and does not

return to normal after 3 to 7 days of home treatment

• A lump inside the anus becomes bigger or more painful

If you are experiencing rectal bleeding and certain this may be caused from straining during a bowel movement, then try some home remedies to treat the bleeding hemorrhoids. If the bleeding persists for more than one week and there are no signs of improvement, call your physician.

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hemorrhoids

• Family medical doctor

• Internist

• Nurse practitioner

• Physician assistant

• Obstetrician

• Gastroenterologist

Home Remedies for Treating Hemorrhoids

If you are in a lot of pain and need immediate relief until you can either see a doctor or purchase over the counter remedies, here are some simple home hemorrhoid remedies. While these hemorrhoid remedies have produced results for many people, they may not work for everyone.

Relieve the Pain, Itching & Swelling

• Ice chips - wrapped in soft cloth & applied to the area

• Witch Hazel - apply with cotton pad

• Sitz bath - sit in tub of warm water 2-3 times a day

• Vitamin E oil or Virgin Olive Oil applied to area

To Stop the Bleeding

• Eat a banana on an empty stomach

• Apple Cider Vinegar - drink a glass of water with 2 tsp. of

vinegar at each meal

• Cayenne Pepper - 1 tsp. in a glass of water

In addition to the above tips, there are creams, pills and capsules that will bring relief and in many cases get rid of hemorrhoids for good. These hemorrhoid products do not require a prescription and can be purchased on line.

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