Hemorrhoids or piles are a condition with swollen vascular tissue around and inside the anal area. It is characterized by inflammation and tenderness in and around the anus. It causes severe discomfort during the bowel movement and thus needs immediate treatment. Application of corticosteroid cream is the most common method of treating hemorrhoids. There are several creams available over the counter to take treatment for hemorrhoids from home.
The top 10 creams available in market for treatment of hemorrhoids include:
- Tronolane anaesthetic haemorrhoidal cream
- Americaine Hemorrhoidal Ointment (benzocaine)
- TUCKS Hemorrhoidal Ointment (pramoxine)
- Preparation H haemorrhoidal cream
- HemAway fast haemorrhoidal relief cream
- Botanic choice homeopathic haemorrhoid cream
- Anusol HC
- Recticare lidocaine 5% anorectal cream
These creams are used to treat itching, swelling, discomfort and minor pain caused by hemorrhoids. These creams if applied regularly and properly help in reducing redness and discomfort to a large extent. These creams work by causing the hemorrhoids to shrink.
Using the Hemorrhoids creams
- For external application, clean the area affected with piles with water and mild soap, rinse well, and pat dry.
- For application of the cream inside the anus, use an applicator tip or cap or the nozzle as per the instructions given on the product package, or as per the directions of the doctor.
- Fill the medication onto the applicator tip from the tube or container as directed.
- Gradually insert the applicator tip inside the anus to about 1/2 to 1 inch and then apply in and around the anal opening according to the directions.
- Ensure not to insert your finger or any of the part of the tube inside the anus, and avoid inserting the applicator tip/nozzle to more than 1/2 to 1 inch (1.5 to 2.5 cms) into the anus to avoid contamination.
- Avoid using your finger for the application of these medications inside the anus. Prefer use of a single-use tube and applicator that could be discarded after one use.
- For applying the product outside the anus only, apply a small amount of ointment with your finger to the affected area and then rub gently.
- Avoid not covering the area with waterproof or plastic bandages unless directed by the doctor.
- Covering the treated area with bandages may improve the working of drug well, but at the same time, may also increase the side effects.
- Wash your handsafter applying the creams.
- Avoid contact of fingers with eyes, nose, ears or mouth. If the cream gets into these areas, rinse them immediately with cold water.
- Use the creams atleast2 to 4 times daily, or after every bowel movement, as per the directions of your doctor. Do not use these products more often, or longer than the time prescribed by the doctor.
- Dosage of the cream should be recommended by the doctor on the basis of your medical condition and response to therapy.
- Medication should be used regularly for get the maximum benefit.
- One should avoid suddenly stopping the use of creams suddenly without your doctor’s approval.