Digestion Q&A by Dr. Lee

I have severe pain and hemorrhoids. I even have trouble walking, what can I do to help the pain and get rid of my hemorrhoids?

Medical Author Dr. Dennis Lee

Answer:

Treatment of a hemorrhoid (a hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein in the anal canal) is not urgent unless there is a blood clot in the hemorrhoid (thrombosis) causing inflammation. When clots and inflammation occur, the hemorrhoid becomes very painful. Sitting in a warm tub may be helpful, but the fastest and most successful therapy is evacuation of the clot. This is done by a physician with local anesthesia and a small incision over the hemorrhoid which permits the removal of the clot.

Thank you for your question.


Last Editorial Review: 11/14/2006


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