Diabetes Q&A by Dr. Mathur
Some simple treatments for hemorrhoids in patients with diabetes are as follows:
Other options for patients with diabetes include astringents, protectants, and topical anesthetics .
Astringents cause the tissues overlying the hemorrhoids to dry and provide relief from burning and itching but not from pain. Witch hazel is recommended for external use, providing temporary relief of itching, discomfort, irritation and burning. Zinc oxide and calamine also act as astringents.
Protectants form a physical barrier over the skin and mucous membranes, thereby decreasing inflammation and preventing water loss. Recommended protectants include aluminum hydroxide gel, cocoa butter, glycerin in aqueous solution, lanolin, mineral oil, zinc oxide, calamine, and topical starch.
Anesthetics relieve the sensation of pain and burning by blocking sensation in areas where they are placed for a short period. Anesthetics should be used externally on the perianal area because this is where the nerve endings are most concentrated. Active ingredients often found in local anesthetics include benzocaine, dibucaine, lidocaine, pramoxine and tetracaine.
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REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Hemorrhoids Treatment and Management.
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