Other Hemorrhoid Treatment Options

Treating Grade 1

For Grade 1 hemorrhoids doctors will most likely recommend a hemorrhoid treatment regimen of adding fiber to your diet and trying one of many over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatments.

  • Preparation H is a very popular over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatment in the United States.

  • Proctofoam, Tucks hydrocortisone ointment, and Analpram are all over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams for hemorrhoid treatment. These hemorrhoid treatment creams decrease inflammation, swelling, and itching from hemorrhoid irritation.

Treating Grade 2

Grade 2 hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids which prolapse, but then go back inside the anus spontaneously without interference. For Grade 2 hemorrhoids, doctors will often try conservative hemorrhoid treatment therapies, starting with treatment for Grade 1 hemorrhoids and moving to painless in-office hemorrhoid treatment procedures as needed.

These painless hemorrhoid treatment therapies include rubber band ligation, injection sclerotherapy, or infrared coagulation. It is very important to note that all of these hemorrhoid treatments are performed on internal prolapsed hemorrhoids only, not external hemorrhoids. These procedures can require multiple applications and these hemorrhoid treatment options do not address the source of the problem hemorrhoid, so they are not curative. While these treatments for Grade 2 hemorrhoids usually only last six months to a year before they need to be repeated, results have shown that they can be effective on many patients. The obvious advantages of these in-office hemorrhoid treatment procedures are that they are done without anesthesia and cause minimal discomfort.