Itching and pain caused by hemorrhoids can make it difficult to get through your day, but you usually don't have to simply suffer until hemorrhoids heal. With over-the-counter hemorrhoids treatments, you can help ease symptoms and promote healing to help hemorrhoids resolve more quickly. CVS carries a diverse assortment of hemorrhoid relief and treatment products. You can shop online and have the products you need discreetly shipped to your home.
Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal area and lower rectum. Straining too hard during bowel movements, staying on the toilet for long periods of time, chronic constipation and diarrhea, anal sexual intercourse and pregnancy, for example, can cause hemorrhoids. People with low fiber diets and obese individuals are typically at an increased risk for hemorrhoids. Symptoms of hemorrhoids may include itching inside or outside the anus, small amounts of bright red blood on toilet paper after bowel movements and swelling or lumps around the anus.
Often, doctors may recommend pads and wipes for hemorrhoid relief. These over-the-counter products often contain witch hazel. This natural substance derived from the bark of the Hamamelis virginiana shrub has long been used to help reduce swelling and soothe burning and itching associated with hemorrhoids. To use a wipe or pad, you simply rub the product over the hemorrhoid and then throw it away.
There are a number of other over-the-counter treatments available for addressing hemorrhoids. Creams and ointments that contain corticosteroid drugs can ease inflammation to help reduce swelling and discomfort. Gels that contain cooling ingredients like aloe vera and witch hazel are also available for reducing symptoms. For hemorrhoids that are difficult to reach because they are located inside of the rectum, suppositories may be helpful. A suppository is a small pellet that is inserted into the rectum through the anus. Once the suppository is in place, heat from the body causes it to soften and release its active ingredients to help soothe irritation associated with hemorrhoids.
If you suspect that you have hemorrhoids but have yet to receive an official diagnosis, it is wise to see a medical professional before using any type of hemorrhoid treatment. You should also consult your health care provider before using any new hemorrhoid treatment or hemorrhoid relief product for the first time. To ensure best results, only use over-the-counter hemorrhoid products as directed by the manufacturer or your medical provider.