What no one tells you about hemorrhoid creamGiven how common hemorrhoids are, with over half the population suffering from them before the age of 50, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of over-the-counter creams and other ointments for hemorrhoid relief. Unfortunately, these creams and ointments suffer from a fundamental issue when it comes to hemorrhoid treatment—they only provide temporary relief of the symptoms of hemorrhoids and don’t treat the source of the hemorrhoid.

Creams only provide temporary relief of hemorrhoid symptoms

In some cases, hemorrhoid symptoms will subside on their own, but the hemorrhoid still exists. In these situations a hemorrhoid cream can be beneficial.  It will provide the temporary relief of symptoms required to allow a minor flare up to subside on its own. In many cases, particularly when your hemorrhoids are a persistent problem, for example for those in careers involving long periods of sitting or  other risk factors for hemorrhoids, this isn’t enough.

Creams don’t treat the source of the hemorrhoid

The main issue with creams is they don’t treat the source of hemorrhoids. As explained by Dr. Stone Mitchell, Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center’s treatment specialist, hemorrhoids are simply swollen veins around the rectal area, which are often the result of excess pressure in the pelvic or rectal area. Unfortunately, for those at increased risk of suffering from hemorrhoids, the creams don’t actually treat the swollen veins, rather they simply numb the swollen tissue or provide some other type of symptom relief while allowing the actual problem to persist and relying on the body to repair itself.

Thankfully, there are quick and painless nonsurgical treatments, like infrared coagulation, which do treat the source of a hemorrhoid. Infrared coagulation works by exposing the hemorrhoid to a few short bursts of warm light and is effective approximately 95% of the time. Each treatment lasts only a few minutes and even though a series of several treatments are usually required over a few months, at the culmination of your treatment you can enjoy lasting relief from the pain and suffering of hemorrhoids.

If you’ve been suffering from the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and you’re searching for lasting relief, give Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, the only dedicated hemorrhoid treatment center in Knoxville, a call today at (865) 588-9952 to schedule a consultation.   If you’re still unsure, check out our easy self-assessment to determine if you could benefit from hemorrhoid treatment.