Medication Types For External Hemorrhoids
External hemorrhoids can cause prickly irritation, bleeding severe itching and
pain, usually at very inconvenient times.
This type of hemorrhoid is like a catch 22. What I mean is that when people feel
pain in the area they tend to not clean up as
much as is required after a movement (because the pain is too much). On top of
that if the hemorrhoid is protruding, the anus
does not close as tight as it should. This causes the protective mucus and waste
to leek out and cause even further irritation.
This is actually one of the common causes of irritation in the rectal area.
Various proven helpful ways are available that may ease the condition and
provide temporary relief.
Applied to the irritated region anesthetics are the most common type of pain
relief, usually applied to treat external
hemorrhoid pain and itch. The components of a typical anesthetic commonly
involve benzocaine, benzyl alcohol, cyclonine and
tetracaine. If the hemorrhoid is irritated, you can apply these medications,
commonly purchased as a cream.
Antipruritics, also known as anti-itch medications, inhibit the itching (Latin:
pruritus) usually associated with sunburns,
fungal infections, insect bites and poison ivy or stinging nettle.
Antipruritics are also recommended to treat external hemorrhoids. When you apply
these medications, the nerve endings in the
affected area will react and you may feel pain and irritation, but should go
away within seonds. The most typically used
antipruritics are menthol and camphor. Another type is hydrocortisone. This will
ease the inflammation that is part of the
irritation of hemorrhoids.
Topical antipruritics in the form of creams and sprays are often available
over-the-counter. Oral anti-itch drugs also exist and
are usually prescription drugs. The active ingredients usually belong to the
Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone topical cream, see topical steroid
Local anesthetics such as benzocaine topical cream (Lanacaine)
Counterirritants, such as mint oil, menthol, or camphor
most antiprirutics can pose harmful side effects to the affected area,
especially if the rectal lining is fragile.
Some say that keratolytics can be used but I am not convinced. This type of drug
is commonly used as treatment to remove warts
and other lesions in which the epidermis produces excess skin.
The materials that are commonly found in this kind of drugs are aluminum
allantoinate and resorcinol. It is said that strain
and inflammation will be relieved when this medication is applied to the
affected area it acts as a healing agent.
Keratolytic therapy thins the skin on and around the area. It causes the outer
layer of the skin to loosen and shed.
Keratolytics can also be used to soften keratin, a major component of the skin.
This serves to improve the skin’s moisture
binding capacity, which is beneficial in the treatment of dry skin. Such agents
(keratolytics) include urea, lactic acid, and
Gels, Ointments or Creams
Drugs that are used to treat external hemorrhoids also come in a variety cremes.
If you have had this problem before then you
are most likely aware of the gels and cremes available at the corner drug store.
Typical types are hydocortozone, diaper rash
medication, iodine, anti itch etc. These medications usually find the form of
topical creams, gels, or ointments and can be
applied according to specific instructions found on the labels of these
Prescribed Drugs for Critical Cases
Always a last resort.
If the external hemorrhoid is serious, your doctor will
prescribe suitable treatments and medications that
are designed according to your case. To decrease possible side effects, always
read carefully and do not hesitate to ask many
questions. It is always wise to have sufficient information before trying any
kind of medication. Remember that prescribed DRUGS
are not a magic bullet. What may cure your hemorrhoids may cause other serious
problems. Weigh the known side effects
carefully. Drugs, even drugs approved by the FDA have killed 2.5 million people in the last 25 years (I believe the number is much higher).
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