How hemorrhoid ointments help

How hemorrhoid ointments help

Haemorrhoids not only itch and burn like hell but they are also located in a place that is a taboo area for many people – the anus. Nevertheless, those affected should not shy away from going to the doctor or pharmacy because if haemorrhoids are not treated in time, they can enlarge and, in the worst case, have to be operated on. However, a haemorrhoid ointment or a suppository is usually sufficient to eliminate the annoying itching in an earlier stage of the disease.

Apply hemorrhoid ointment

At the latest, when inflammation and moisture form around the anus or there is blood in the stool, those affected should resort to medication. A classic is the haemorrhoid ointment. As a rule, each haemorrhoid ointment has a special tube attachment. This is either elongated with several side exits or tapered with one exit at the front.

Before use, some cream should be spread on the attachment to facilitate insertion. Then the attachment is attached to the opening of the tube and entirely inserted into the anus with careful turning. Now carefully press on the tube and simultaneously pull out the hemorrhoid ointment while continuously turning. After each use, the attachment should be cleaned with hot water and a mild washing lotion.

 

Active ingredients in hemorrhoid ointments

Hemorrhoid ointments or haemorrhoid suppositories usually contain active ingredients against inflammation, pain and itching. This does not treat the haemorrhoids themselves but only alleviates the symptoms. Escherichia coli bacteria are occasionally added to a haemorrhoid ointment to strengthen the immune system and accelerate wound healing.

The most important active ingredients are at a glance:

  • Benzocaine, cinchocaine, lidocaine and quinisocaine:  These active ingredients are different local anaesthetics. They have an anaesthetic effect and thus relieve the pain.
  • Cortisone: The active ingredient hydrocortisone acetate is primarily used for haemorrhoids. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and relieves itching. In the long term, however, it damages the skin and can promote fungal diseases. Cortisone should, therefore, only be used for a short period and in consultation with the doctor.
  • Herbal supplements:  active ingredients such as witch hazel are anti-inflammatory. In combination with beeswax or vegetable oils, they soothe the skin.
  • Zinc oxide: Ointments with zinc also have a skin-soothing effect. They are especially recommended for weeping haemorrhoids.

Depending on the severity, haemorrhoids are divided into four different stages. Haemorrhoid ointment should be used primarily for stage I haemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid ointment against dark circles and wrinkles

Some models and Hollywood actors swear by haemorrhoid ointment for dark circles and swollen eyes to look radiant again the following day after a night of partying. Haemorrhoid ointment helps against dark circles under the eyes because the ingredients in the cream constrict the blood vessels, causing the skin to swell. As a result, bags under the eyes and dark shadows under the eyes disappear. Nevertheless, this treatment method is not advisable because the haemorrhoid ointment causes the skin to dry out and thus promotes the formation of wrinkles.

Außerdem sind die Inhaltsstoffe einer Hämorrhoidensalbe in der Regel nicht für die zarte Gesichtshaut geeignet. Kortison, Lokalanästhetika und Entzündungshemmer gehören nicht auf gesunde Haut, denn sie verdünnen diese, trocknen sie aus und können sogar Blutungen verursachen. Gegen Augenringe sind Gurkenscheiben oder Umschläge aus kaltem schwarzem Tee anzuwenden anstelle einer Hämorrhoidensalbe.

 

Hämorrhoiden vorbeugen

Haemorrhoids are usually associated with inflammation and moisture, which leads to itching and eczema. Proper anal hygiene is essential to prevent haemorrhoids. We recommend cleaning with lukewarm water after each visit to the toilet. Then carefully dab dry and treat the anal area with a care or zinc cream. In between, sitz baths or moist compresses with chamomile can provide relief.

Everything that increases the internal pressure in the intestine hurts haemorrhoids. Those affected should, therefore avoid the following:

  • heavy straining during bowel movements
  • coffee and alcohol
  • spicy or flatulent foods
  • Physical overexertion
  • long sitting

Pregnancy and obesity can also cause haemorrhoids and make a haemorrhoid ointment necessary.

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