While your first thought would probably be to get in and see your doctor if you experience a painful hemorrhoid situation, this doesn’t always happen during doctor’s business hours or when you are able to get into the office.
The good news is that there are some things that you can do to manage a painful hemorrhoid until you can get in to see your doctor or to see a specialist. However, in the event that you are experiencing rectal pain, profuse bleeding and you are dizzy or faint it is critical to get to an emergency room as soon as possible.
In the case where there is a blood clot in an external hemorrhoid you may experience sharp, intense pain. If the blood in this area behind the clot begins to pool and collect and then it ruptures there can be significant pain and a lot of blood but it should only bleed profusely for a short time and then slow down and stop. This is often the most painful hemorrhoid situation and immediate relief will be important.
One of the best sources of relief for a painful hemorrhoid event is to simply put a few ice cubes and a small amount of cold water in a small zip-lock bag. Apply this, without pressure, to the anal area to help reduce swelling, help with blood coagulation, and relieve the pain and itching sensation.
If you are at home one of the most effective options to treat a painful hemorrhoid is to simply soak in warm water. Keep the water just comfortable but not hot and do not add anything to the water that could irritate the delicate tissue. This means no soap, no salts, no baking soda or anything else. Sit in the warm water for up to 20 minutes.
You can also alternate the ice with the warm soaks. Typically these treatments will bring temporary relief to the painful hemorrhoid and will also help with any itching or burning sensation that can accompany the condition.
For some people over-the-counter treatments for painful hemorrhoid conditions may also be effective. Remember they are not a treatment but they will help to relieve the symptoms you are experiencing.
When you experience a painful hemorrhoid we can help. See our website for more information on treatment options at www.chicagohemorrhoid.com.
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