Hemorrhoids, while rarely discussed openly, are a relatively common ailment affecting about half the population of men and women by the time they are 50. Due to how common they are and how embarrassing many people find the topic, there is a large amount of bad advice regarding treatments.

“You’ll just have to suffer until they go away.”

While there is some truth to this advice in the sense that hemorrhoid symptoms may flare up and then subside for a period of time, no one should suffer long term. If your hemorrhoids are bad enough to cause you pain and suffering, it is time you saw a specialist. The last thing you want to do is avoid treatment and allow the hemorrhoid to continue to thrive.

“This cream will cure your hemorrhoids.”

Unfortunately, many people avoid seeking treatment until the problem is unbearable. They often look to home remedies, like creams, in an attempt to bring them some relief and, ideally, avoid a painful surgery with a long recovery time. The problem is, most home remedies offer only temporary relief of the symptoms while allowing the underlying condition to persist. If you’re looking for a bit of quick relief, you can soak in a warm bath, but for a hemorrhoid treatment that really works, you should consult a qualified medical professional.

“Just go for the surgery.”

Perhaps the most common misunderstanding, even among doctors, is surgery is the most effective treatment available. If you suffer from persistent or painful hemorrhoids, you should see a specialist to discuss all the treatments available. In most cases, non-surgical treatments, like Infrared Coagulation, are very effective. Infrared Coagulation uses a small probe that exposes the vein above the hemorrhoid to short bursts of warm light, causing the hemorrhoid to shrink and recede. It requires no anesthesia, cutting, or stitches. It is gentle and painless, is typically performed in a doctor’s office and requires no recovery time.

Please do not continue to suffer with painful hemorrhoids out of fear of surgery you may not need; it just isn’t worth it. Consult your doctor or a specialist at Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center today to devise a treatment plan to bring you relief. Call (865) 588-9952 or schedule an appointment online today!