Posted 12/5/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -6)
many people with IBS also have hemmoroids.
Treatment of hemorrhoids varies depending on where they are, what problems they are causing, and how serious they are. Often, time and the normal process of healing clear hemorrhoids with little or no specific treatment. When hemorrhoids require treatment, the following general measures are recommended:
Keep the anal area clean, using a mild soap and gentle dabbing after a bowel movement. Avoid vigorous rubbing of the area.
Keep the anus and hemorrhoids as dry as possible, using talcum powder and a pad of soft tissue to absorb moisture.
Eat a diet high in fiber (bran) and roughage. Fiber and bran retain water in the stool, producing soft, bulky stools which are easier to pass and reduce the tendency to develop hemorrhoids. Bulking agents, such as Metamucil, Konsyl, Citrucel, and Fibercon, are available in drug stores. These also come in less expensive generic versions.
Avoid straining when having a bowel movement.
When thrombosis, pain, and tenderness occur, a 10 to 20 minute hot tub bath two to four times daily brings heat to the area, provides relief from the pain, and promotes healing. This is called a hot Sitz bath.
A common method of treating internal hemorrhoids is to use a small rubber band to tie off the base of the swollen vein. The blood circulation stops and the hemorrhoid then falls off. Repeat treatments are sometimes necessary.
An infrared light source can be used to coagulate internal hemorrhoidal veins. Often, more than one treatment is necessary.
A laser directs a high-intensity light beam at tissue and so produces heat, thereby coagulating or cauterizing the hemorrhoid. This technique is still in the research phase, but may have application in the future.
Surgery is sometimes recommended in treating hemorrhoids. It usually is reserved for:
Acute, painful clot (thrombosis) of hemorrhoids
Profusely or continuously bleeding hemorrhoids
Longstanding, irreversible, and large hemorrhoids
When other treatment is unsuccessful
The physician evaluates each patient's case to determine the appropriate treatment.
To Prevent Hemorrhoids...
Eat plenty of fiber, bran, or roughage, or use a bulking agent to maintain regular, soft bowel movements.
Do not delay or try to prevent a bowel movement when the urge is present.
Exercise, especially aerobic, may help produce more regular bowel movements.
Drink plenty of liquids and eat regularly scheduled meals.
Keep the area around the anus clean and dry.
Hemorrhoids are an especially common disorder and often clear up by themselves or with minimal treatment. Treatment typically is simple and effective, although surgery occasionally is necessary. Hemorrhoids can mask a more serious disorder and, therefore, must be evaluated and diagnosed properly by a physician. People with hemorrhoids who work closely with their physician are usually assured a good outcome and relief from this common disorder.
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