Patient Education Program
What You Should Know About Hemorrhoids
What You Should Know About Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are a normal part of the anatomy. We are born with them. In fact, we have two sets; internal and external. The external hemorrhoids tend to hurt. The internal hemorrhoids tend to bleed, soil, itch, ache, and can 'block' a bowel movement from passing.

Initial treatment may involve the following:

  1. Developing a regular, easy bowel movement:
    • Fiber supplements (e.g.. Metamucil, Citrucel, etc.) are recommended.
    • Use Tucks or Non-Alcoholic baby wipes to clean.
  2. Shrink the Hemorrhoids:
    • Cortisone cream or suppositories are used to shrink the hemorrhoids.
  3. Relieve the Pain:
    • Warm compresses are offered for severe cases. Take a washcloth, dip it in warm water, then wring it out so that is damp. Roll it up tightly like a cigar. Place it gently on the hemorrhoids, place a dry towel on your heating pad, and sit on this for 30 minutes at a time, multiple times/day.

It takes weeks to heal properly. During this time you may have days when it seems healed, only to have a 'bad' bowel movement and a recurrence of symptoms.

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IMPORTANT TIP: The ideal bowel movement comes the moment you sit, without pain, straining or bleeding. It's completed within seconds, and is easy to clean.
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