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How long do hemorrhoids last? When will hemorrhoids / hemroids / piles go away? When will it all be over?
Hemorrhoids are unlikely to vanish over night, but you can shrink them and eventually get rid of them.
This article will examine how your body tries to heal piles, some general tips on taking medications, the treatments for piles and then explain in some detail what results you should expect and when you should see those results.
However, for those just wanting some general guidelines on how much longer your piles are going to last:
Dr. Hogg stated it will take at least 6 months for a full healing, provided you do everything right, including dietary and lifestyle changes. So that's six months for the hemorrhoids to go away and, of course, they should start shrinking noticeably before then.
[Even if you don't do everything right, healing and symptom relief appears attainable, but you should always try to eliminate the causes of your hemorrhoids and that invariably means looking at a hemorrhoid diet as well.
If your problem is bleeding piles, then you can mostly stop the bleeding within 7 days and obtain relief from bleeding piles almost straight away.
There are some piles treatments that you can buy online: Venapro, H-Hemorrhoids and NeoHealar work to speed up the healing and bring remarkable symptom relief very, very fast.
Here’s some general advice on taking medication that can apply to anything, not just piles treatments. Really, it’s all common sense, but worth having a look through anyway.
Firstly, you should be aware that all these treatments will work at different rates on different people. There are no exact answers or guarantees when it comes to how quickly your body can heal itself with or without the assistance of drugs. Everyone is different.
Additionally, as an added caveat, you should carefully read the instructions that come with your medication. They are not rough guidelines as to how you might consider using the medication - they are instructions!
There will probably be things they tell you to specifically do and things you must not do.
Pay close attention to this.
Many people have tried to treat internal piles with a treatment designed to be used externally, for example, hoping that if it works in once place it will work elsewhere. This is almost never true of medications - they are designed for specific use, and you need to follow the instructions closely.
It’s reasonably well-known, for example, that some models use pile creams under their eyes to get rid of bags and lines. Maybe that might work in the short term, but it’s certainly not what the creams are for, so you’re dealing with the unknown - there isn’t research to tell you what to expect, so if something bizarre and horrible happens, you’ve only yourself to blame!
Perhaps this sounds patronizing of me so say ‘always read the label’, but I’m mostly saying it because I know I don’t.
If my doctor tells me ‘take three a day’ I go by that, and don’t read all the small print.
It’s important you do read the small print, even though it’s time consuming and annoying.
Doctors are not infallible, and you may find something in there that they have missed - a reason you shouldn’t take the medication, or a way of applying it they assumed you already knew. If you get it right first time, you’ll be saving both you and your doctor time and bother.
Whatever the medication is, it will probably explain somewhere in the labeling what it claims to do.
Maybe it relieves itching, or stops pain, or whatever - the important thing to note is that if it doesn’t do what it says it’s going to do, then it probably isn’t working for you.
The general recommendation if you aren’t getting results is to try using it as per its instructions for a maximum of seven days, and then stop if there still isn’t any change.
There could be many reasons it isn’t working, but don’t try second guessing them, just stop.
If it’s something your doctor prescribed, go back and see them to talk about the medication; if it’s an over the counter medication, take it back with you to the pharmacy and see if there’s someone there you could ask for advice on what to try instead.
And if it’s making things worse, stop at once!
If your cream makes your skin extra red, or the tablets make you extremely nauseous, don’t be a martyr to the course of medication. Stop taking them and go and seek help.
This isn’t always true, of course - some pills have side-effects that are expected, like the nausea that some anti-malarial pills can cause, and in cases like that you do have to soldier on through it.
But equally, if there are going to be side effects you should expect, you should have been warned to expect them before you start taking the course.
Here’s the painful truth. If you want to totally get rid of your piles, for good, there is no quick or easy answer.
Surgery is only really an option for chronic piles that do not respond to other treatments, or piles that have become an acute health problem through prolapse or infarct (blood clot - thrombosed piles).
It takes your body a matter of months to heal the damage, and it may not be able to do that at all unless you alter your lifestyle.
Even if you do everything right, and even with the aid of the many treatments to alleviate pain, you are looking at 6 months or so before they are gone.
That’s quite a serious undertaking, and requires a lot of strength of mind and stubborn willpower.
However, all treatments, even the long haul of dietary change and exercise, should start working quickly, even within hours, to relieve the symptoms of piles.
Dietary changes take longer, perhaps two weeks, and it’s well worth following the advice you can find elsewhere on this website to do whatever you can to relieve yourself of the symptoms in the short term.
But curing piles takes time.
If it is a medication you are trying, if it isn’t working or starting to work within a week, something is wrong. Either this treatment doesn’t work for you, something isn’t quite right with the way you’re doing it, or you may not even have piles at all but something that just appears in the same way. Whatever the case is, you should seek help from someone with medical experience.
But don’t lose heart! With patience and time, you can successfully cure yourself of piles.
Main write by Dr. James D. Hogg, (BSc Oxon, MBBS & BA Hons), medical doctor, and minor rewrite by D S Urquhart.
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