Plenty of us (a few million, to be exact) are going to deal with hemorrhoids at some point in our lives. And while there’s no shortage of products on the market to help make us feel better, sometimes we’re doing more harm than good.
For instance, if you’re having your first bout of hemorrhoids, there are plenty of creams and ointments that will likely take care of the problem in a few days. But if you’re suffering from them again and again, and the frequency and severity of each attack gets worse, then it’s time to contact your physician.
In addition to offering prescription-strength topical treatments, he or she will also be able to review surgical options such as banding, injections and IRC (infrared coagulation) with you. Most of these are outpatient procedures, which means that your pain and discomfort following surgery will be minimal, and you’ll be back to your regular activities in just a few days.
It’s always a good idea to be proactive about your health, but sometimes that means bypassing the corner pharmacy and getting a full, comprehensive exam to ensure that what’s happening “around back” isn’t something that needs professional attention.