How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last? Natural Cure in 48 Hours
Perhaps not the most comfortable topic to discuss, and certainly not one of the most comfortable conditions to endure either, but, how long do hemorrhoids last?
Hemorrhoids, or piles as they are sometimes called, are quite literally a pain in the butt (pun intended). They are actually the result of blood vessels in the rectal area becoming swollen and inflamed.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. In the case of internal hemorrhoids, the swollen veins are in the anal canal, and are usually neither visible nor painful. However should the veins be so engorged that they get pushed out of the rectum whilst stools are passed out, the condition can become painful. This is especially so when the swollen veins are not able to retract back into the anal canal. Such veins will also be visible to the naked eye as light red colored soft tissues. These are termed prolapsed internal hemorrhoids.
External hemorrhoids, on the other hand, are usually found on the rim of the anus. These swollen veins would appear as bumps or lumps near the anal opening and tend to be brownish in color. As they are exposed in the anal area, friction and irritation are inevitable. Bleeding, pain, itchiness are common problems faced by sufferers, and the condition gets worse when blood clot in the hemorrhoids resulting in what is called thrombosed external hemorrhoids.
Regardless of how long do hemorrhoids last, the common symptoms are:
o Blood (usually bright red) seeping from the anal region
o Irritation in the anal area
o Experiencing discomfort when passing stools
o Swelling protruding from the anus
o Discharge of mucus from the anus
o Feeling that bowels not fully discharged after a toilet visit.
It is estimated that at least 50% of people worldwide suffer this condition at some point in their lives, and yet because of the nature of the condition, and the area of the body that it affects, it is one of the least talked about conditions, and many people even avoid seeing their doctors because of imagined embarrassment. It is more likely to be men who fall into this category as women have become more used to dealing with embarrassment through child birth etc. Anyway, suffice it to say that the actual numbers of people who suffer are more than likely to be even higher than 50%.
How long do hemorrhoids last? The most common incidents of hemorrhoids last only for 3 or 4 days and disappear quite quickly without any form of treatment or medication. Some of the more severe cases of hemorrhoids however can last several weeks. It is often the case, that once you have suffered from hemorrhoids, you are more likely to contract the condition again at some time(s) in the future. So, let’s have a quick look at the various sorts of treatments in order to gain a better understanding of a time frame for curing the condition.
There are various OTC (over the counter) medications and treatments that are available in many drugstores and the pharmacy departments of some supermarkets. There are also a number of natural remedies that you can buy online or at health stores. If none of these treatments work, it is advisable to visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Find out also how long do hemorrhoids last. Recovery times following any form of treatments will vary from person to person, but do not normally extend beyond a few weeks. Here are some of the possible treatments.
Ligation treatment is by specially made rubber bands that are applied to the base of the hemorrhoid, starving it/them of any blood supply and forcing it to diminish and disappear. This treatment is normally effective within 7/10 days.
Infrared coagulation treatment is where a doctor will use an infrared device to coagulate the blood in the hemorrhoid(s). This can take several visits to take full effect and may therefore take up to 3 to 4 weeks to fully resolve itself.
A hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure used in the most severe cases, and this again can take several weeks to totally heal following the procedure.
Luckily most cases of hemorrhoids self heal in a matter of days, but if your symptoms do linger beyond this sort of period, and you are embarrassed to consult your doctor you could try other OTC and/or natural remedies as mentioned earlier. However, should the symptoms persist, it is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor who can offer a full diagnosis and put you on an appropriate treatment.
Source by Rachel Rich