Treatments for Bleeding Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, Image from Wikimedia CommonsBleeding occurs when a hemorrhoid in the anus or rectum is ruptured. The hemorrhoid is ruptured due to constipation in which the solid stool moves against the hemorrhoid. Another cause of hemorrhoid rupture is high blood pressure in which the volume of blood passing through is beyond the capacity of the blood vessels in the hemorrhoids. Strenuous activities such as lifting and pulling heavy objects can put large pressure to the hemorrhoids causing them to burst and then bleed.

A sign of bleeding hemorrhoid is the presence of bright red blood in stool or blood in the toilet water or on the tissue paper. People may not feel pain when their rectal hemorrhoids are bleeding since there is little pain receptors in the rectal area. Treatment for bleeding hemorrhoid is important because the bleeding may disguise bleeding from other serious conditions like rectal bleeding due to colon cancer.

Loss of blood due to bleeding hemorrhoids rarely causes anemia or low blood pressure so don’t be alarmed too much. However, you should seek medical help in order to stop the hemorrhoids from bleeding or better yet remove the hemorrhoids permanently through surgery. There are medical procedures that could be performed to treat bleeding hemorrhoids which are discussed below.

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The Cures for Bleeding Hemorrhoids

Non-surgical treatment of bleeding hemorrhoids involves the use of hydrocortisone creams, ointments, and suppositories. Hydrocortisone cream and ointments are applied to the affected area usually in the anal area while suppository is inserted to the rectum to melt and act on bleeding internal hemorrhoids. Using these medications can take several weeks to work though. One of the most popular brands of hydrocortisone cream, ointments, and suppositories is Anusol by Cerner Multum Company.

Hemorrhoid banding or rubber band ligation is a popular procedure of removing bleeding hemorrhoids. In this procedure, the doctor will just tie off rubber band to the base of a hemorrhoid in order to reduce or stop blood circulation within the hemorrhoid. Without blood supply, the hemorrhoid eventually dies and falls off. The wound left by the fallen hemorrhoid will heal by itself after 2 weeks. Hemorrhoid banding is one of the best treatments of bleeding hemorrhoid because it is minimally invasive, easy to perform, and has fairly high success rate. About eight in ten cases of hemorrhoid banding work.

Bleeding hemorrhoid can be surgically removed from the anal or rectal tissue. Once the hemorrhoid is removed, the wound is sutured to stop bleeding.

Another treatment procedure for bleeding hemorrhoid is laser surgery. This is often recommended by doctors because it is less painful than other types of hemorrhoid surgery and there is also less risk of infection. In laser surgery, the blood vessels are cauterized to stop bleeding. The laser also shrinks the hemorrhoids.

An alternative treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids is the use of natural medications that contain vitamins and herbal extracts, although there is little data on their effectiveness in treating hemorrhoids.

Talk to your doctor to know the best treatment for your hemorrhoids. Do not assume that the bleeding and the hemorrhoids themselves will go away on their own because they will not unless you seek medical treatment.[ad#afterpost]