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Hemorrhoids

 – Hemorrhoids occur when the veins around the anus swell and become inflamed. This uncomfortable condition can occur in one of two ways. External hemorrhoids form under the skin around the anus, while internal hemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum but might push out through the anus. Once your doctor has identified the type of hemorrhoids that you have, he or she can advise you on ways to minimize the discomfort associated with this bothersome condition.
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Walgreens Hemorrhoidal Ointment
Walgreens - Hemorrhoidal Ointment - 2 oz
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You can find a variety of medicine and health products at drugstore.com that help remedy hemorrhoids. Talk with your doctor to learn more about this condition and to help you find the right product for your needs.

Basics



Hemorrhoids are a common condition - in fact the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse reports that 75% of people will have hemorrhoids in their lifetime. Bright red blood in the stool is the most common symptom associated with hemorrhoids, although blood clots are also possible. Long-term constipation and diarrhea as well as straining during bowel movements can contribute to the development of hemorrhoids. Too little fiber in the diet can lead to hemorrhoids as well.

Products



drugstore.com offers an array of products that help you soothe the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids and even minimize their presence entirely. Wiping with toilet paper after a bowel movement can irritate your hemorrhoids and this already sensitive area. Soothing pads moistened with witch hazel can relieve the itching and burning associated with hemorrhoids. Aloe, another soothing ingredient is common in these medicated wipes. You may choose to replace your toilet paper with these pads for some relief. You can even find individually packaged travel wipes, allowing you to soothe your hemorrhoid discomfort even when you're outside of the house.

Ointment is another way to address hemorrhoids. These topical treatments are available in a number of styles depending on your needs. You can find ingredients such as 1% Dibucaine and 1% Hydrocortisone in these topical ointments. When applied to your area of discomfort, these ointments can help minimize itching, pain, and burning associated with hemorrhoids. You will appreciate the pain relief provided by the products at drugstore.com.

Hemorrhoidal suppositories are another way to soothe this uncomfortable condition. These products create a soothing coating, which makes the passage of stools less painful. You can also find sprays, which offer both cleansing and soothing properties. Finally, a sitz bath offers the opportunity to soak your hemorrhoids, which can offer some soothing comfort.

Considerations



When initial remedies for hemorrhoids fail to work or when hemorrhoids appear regularly, be sure to seek help from your healthcare provider. He or she can recommend additional treatment options.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

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