Initial symptoms of hemorrhoids are insidious and mild with occasional rectal itching, irritating or bleeding. Most people in the Minnesota don’t actively seek medical care in this stage. Treatment for hemorrhoids with mild discomfort involves steps that you can take on your own, such as lifestyle modifications and over-the counter (OTC) hemorrhoid creams; these OTC products contain ingredients, such as witch hazel or hydrocortisone that can relieve mild pain and itching, at least temporarily. Make sure you don’t use an OTC cream or other product for more than a few days, you should stop using it once the symptoms improve. These products can cause side effects, such as skin rash, inflammation and skin thinning.
With the worsening of hemorrhoids, symptoms occur more frequently, and then medical interventions and even surgical procedures are necessary. hemorrhoid treatments in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas depend on the severity of hemorrhoids. If hemorrhoids are treated early, more invasive surgical procedures can be avoided later.
The severity of hemorrhoids is classified based on the prolapse.
Grade 1: the hemorrhoids remain completely inside rectum, although symptoms may continue.
Grade 2: the hemorrhoids prolapse during defecation and they spontaneously return inside rectum on their own.
Grade 3: the hemorrhoids prolapse during defecation. They return inside rectum only by manually pushing them in.
Grade 4: the hemorrhoids are permanently prolapsed and stay outside rectum and cannot be manually pushed back inside.