It’s not uncommon for us to get questions about what the best treatment for hemorrhoids is, so today we’re going to compare prescription treatments with natural treatments and discuss which one is the best option.

Those who suffer from hemorrhoids are often chronically constipated, or may have experienced changes in bowel habits as a result of aging or the hormones associated with pregnancy. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include pain, burning, and itching at the site of the hemorrhoids, a sense of needing to pass a bowel movement even when this is not the case, and bright red blood in the stool.

There’s a wide range of different treatments that are out there. The most common way that people treat hemorrhoids is by using a topical cream that can be purchased over the counter. These creams generally include an anti-itch agent like a corticosteroid, along with some type of topical analgesic to dull the pain. In addition to creams, there are suppositories and natural remedies (like witch hazel, for example), that are designed to provide relief from hemorrhoid symptoms.

Sometimes, over the counter remedies aren’t effective for treating the pain of hemorrhoids. Especially in severe cases, the pain can be debilitating. In these cases, many people seek the help of their doctor to try to find a way out of the discomfort. Doctors may recommend prescription hemorrhoid medications, which are typically very similar to over the counter preparations, with stronger dosage and more potent ingredients.

In general, these types of treatments are fine, however they will not cure the problem. For short-term, immediate relief of hemorrhoid symptoms, prescription hemorrhoid medications may have their place. However, they do carry risks of side effects. Fortunately, there are natural remedies and other home-based approaches, like sitz baths and topical applications of witch hazel, than can help you get relief and prevent the need for you to use hemorrhoid prescription drugs.

In the long term, you will need to make some important dietary and lifestyle changes if you want to get permanent relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Many people have diets that are high in sugar, fat and other unhealthy substances. Also, many people do not consume enough fibre. There’s two major diet changes that you can make to drastically help hemorrhoids. First, drink lots of water. Second, make sure you eat a lot of fibre. Your diet should include a variety of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits, plus eight to ten 8 ounce glasses of clear fluids each day.

While lifestyle changes are essential to gain long term relief from hemorrhoid symptoms, you can use natural remedies in the mean time to help you relieve the burning, pain, and itching of hemorrhoids. These natural remedies are better for you than prescription drugs, and can help alleviate the symptoms of hemorrhoids so that you can engage in your normal activities while waiting for your lifestyle changes to kick in and permanently solve your hemorrhoid problems.

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