WHAT YOU CAN DO
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products
Topical products (those that you apply externally) can temporarily ease hemorrhoid flare-ups. Among over-the-counter hemorrhoid brands, doctors recommend PREPARATION H more than any other OTC brand. Find the right product for you with the Personal Relief Finder.
These treatments should only be used for short periods of time. Be sure to stop use and see your doctor if:
- Bleeding occurs
- Your symptoms worsen or do not improve within 7 days
- You develop an allergic reaction
If your symptoms are more severe, your healthcare provider might recommend one of the following procedures. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Rubber band ligation The hemorrhoid is drawn into a special instrument, which fastens a tiny rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid. Eventually, the hemorrhoid falls off.
Injection (also called “sclerotherapy”) In this procedure, your healthcare provider injects a medicine into the hemorrhoid tissue to shrink it.
Coagulation (also called infrared, laser or bipolar) Coagulation involves laser or infrared light or heat, which causes small, bleeding internal hemorrhoids to harden and shrivel.
If other procedures aren’t successful or you have very large hemorrhoids, your healthcare provider may recommend one of these surgical procedures:
Hemorrhoid removal During a “hemorrhoidectomy,” the surgeon removes excessive tissue that causes bleeding.
Hemorrhoid stapling This procedure, called “stapled hemorrhoidectomy” or “stapled hemorrhoidopexy,” surgically blocks blood flow to hemorrhoidal tissue.