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Hemorrhoid Treatment

Preparation H, in Ointment, Cream, Cooling Gel and Suppository forms, is developed especially for the treatment of hemorrhoidal symptoms. When used as directed, it often helps shrink hemorrhoidal swelling and gives fast, temporary relief from the painful burning, itching and irritation of inflamed hemorrhoidal tissue.

Other available hemorrhoid treatments:

  • Sitting in warm water. A sitz bath is another method of treating hemorrhoids. Sitting on a folded bath towel in a tub with a few inches of warm water for 15 minutes, three or four times a day, may help ease hemorrhoidal pain by relaxing muscles and soothing the anal area.
  • Cushions. Donut-shaped comfort cushions can help relieve hemorrhoidal pressure, particularly if you sit for extended periods of time.
  • Hemorrhoid surgery:
    • The "Rubber Band" treatment. The hemorrhoid is drawn into a special instrument, which fastens a tiny rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid, tying it tightly. Eventually, the hemorrhoid falls off.
    • Cryosurgery. Freezes external hemorrhoids with liquid nitrogen.
    • Hemorrhoidectomy. The surgical removal of hemorrhoids.