Often, you can treat hemorrhoids at home, and if you’re not in severe pain, you don’t have to worry that it’s actually a more serious medical concern. Most hemorrhoids cause minor discomfort and disappear within a couple of weeks. In these cases, you can manage the symptoms and sometimes speed up the healing process with remedies like over-the-counter creams containing witch hazel, which reduces pain, itching, and bleeding, or by taking warm water baths.
If you get hemorrhoids regularly, Dr. Abitbol asks about your lifestyle and dietary habits. You may need to eat more fiber in foods like vegetables, fruits, and legumes, and drink more water. These changes make your stools easier to pass, so you won’t strain during bowel movements, and you can prevent hemorrhoids from developing.
When hemorrhoids don’t improve, cause significant bleeding, or the pain is too much to manage, Dr. Abitbol can remove internal hemorrhoids through non-surgical procedures. These procedures include banding, which involves placing a rubber band around the hemorrhoid, cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid and causing it to shrink, shrivel, or fall off.