Hemorrhoids, also known as piles are painful, swollen blood vessels in the lower part of the colon within the rectum and normally surrounding the anus. This section of the colon is filled with veins and blood vessels to help facilitate the evacuation of waste from the body.
When pressure increases the blood vessels dilate and become enlarged usually due to straining when constipated, or during pregnancy when the enlarged uterus often places pressure on the rectum making it difficult to push the stool without additional effort. The increased straining causes the veins and blood vessels surrounding the anus or in the rectum to become swollen, inflamed and very tender.
If you are facing the pain, itchiness and general discomfort of a hemorrhoid outbreak, probably all you can think about is when they will go away. Before discussing how long hemorrhoids will last, let’s learn the types of hemorrhoids as below:
Types of Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids: They cannot be seen or felt and form inside the rectum. In most patients they are painless and go undiagnosed until they begin to bleed. The bleeding is caused by bowel movements and is usually first noticed by observing blood in the stool.
Blood in the stool can also be indicative of other, more serious medical conditions such as colorectal cancer… be sure to see your doctor immediately if you see blood after a bowel movement.
External hemorrhoids: They develop on tissue that surrounds the anus. In some cases they are hidden from view and cannot be seen, but in most cases they can be seen and felt on the exterior side of the anus.
External piles can become uncomfortable and quite sensitive whenever you have a bowel movement, often becoming painful and bleeding as the stool passes. Further, they are susceptible to a condition called “thrombosis”. Thrombosis happens when a blood clot forms within the hemorrhoid and can be extremely painful.
How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last
Before answer this question, you may have another question, “Do hemorrhoids go away on their own?” The answer is: No, they don’t, without treatment they can be lifetime.
When coming to the question “how long do hemorrhoids last?” Each case of hemorrhoids is different. The amount of time they last will mainly rely on two things: severity and treatment.
A very mild case of hemorrhoids may clear up on their own in just a few short days with trying some form of home treatment. This is because they are only very small veins that have become irritated, so it is much easier for them to simply go down on their own and disappear. However, major cases may take weeks to clear up, if they do at all, on their own. In these cases a doctor may wish to try a hemorrhoid cream or other natural treatment program.
Some hemorrhoid treatments can cause them to reduce or go away after a very short time. Some of the laser and surgical treatments will leave you feeling much better after just one treatment. But, some of the less invasive treatments may take more time.
No matter how severe your hemorrhoids are, if it is something that happens often, you may wish to visit a doctor to try and control the situation. You will be much more comfortable in the future if you can reduce the length and severity of your outbreaks.
Treatment For Hemorrhoids
For most patients, following a home treatment to get rid of hemorrhoids can help tremendously in reducing pain, bleeding and other symptoms that commonly occur for the millions of people afflicted with this condition each year.
For severe cases, your physician may recommend medications, minor invasive procedures or surgery. Despite the pain and uncomfortable nature of piles, most people respond well with a good home remedy for hemorrhoids program.
Putting Together your Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids Strategy
- Maintaining a healthy digestive system so that bowel movements are normal. Prevention has to start somewhere, and even though you may have piles right now, changes in your diet are an important part to a long term plan. Drinking more water, increasing your fiber and maintaining a healthy intestinal profile of bacteria and enzymes are all part of the solution. Regular bowel habits are the result of a healthy and well functioning digestive system.
- Don’t aggravate your hemorrhoids or the surrounding tissue. Avoid rubbing the area with dry toilet paper. If you must use tissue, blot the anus instead and either moisten the paper first with water or use baby-wipes as an alternative. Consider installing a b’day styled hose under your toilet and switch to water clean-up only or rinse in the shower after a gentle patting with moistened paper first. Never use perfumed soaps or lotions.
- Take action to reduce the pain and itching with over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, tylenol, or aspirin. Ice therapy applied for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day is also very effective during painful flare-ups followed by a warm, damp wash cloth used as a compress. Another technique for pain relief are warm sitz baths. Fill your tub with just enough water to submerge the anal area while sitting. Use warm to moderately hot (careful not too hot) temps for the best results. Try alternating ice therapy with a warm sitz bath.
- Avoid tight fitting clothes or undergarments. Choose loose fitting clothing when possible to reduce restrictions and light, cotton undergarments to minimize moisture to the buttocks area.
- Using a non-perfumed lubricant can also help with reducing the pain during bowel movements. Try using petroleum jelly applied gently with a cue-tip (not the finger) to the anus and the surrounding skin. Coating and lubricating the hemorrhoids may help to ease the pain and itching during normal activities as well.