If you notice fresh blood during bowel movement, please see the doctor to make sure it is not something serious like cancer or other digestive tract related diseases. Your doctor will check your anus with gloved fingers and/or invasive instrument. In some cases colonoscopy might be needed to make decision on the best and most appropriate treatment.
- Non-surgical treatment
- Eat fiber rich food and drink lots of fluid to soften stools and avoid too much straining during bowel movement.
- Use suppository after bowel movement or shower. Suppository is now available in form of cream to apply on the external type.
- Using a type of rubber band to tie off the hemorrhoid and restrict blood flow to it. The hemorrhoid will then slowly shrink and disappear within 5-10 days. This method is effective when the hemorrhoid is small or medium and external.
- The doctor may inject medicine around the blood vessels to cause the hemorrhoid to shrink.
- Electricity, lasers, heat, or cold is recommended for small size of hemorrhoids.
- Surgical treatment is the last treatment option if other options are not effective or in severe cases or the last stages of hemorrhoids i.e. stage 3 or 4 (external, inflamed). However, it gives the quickest result of treatment.