Hemorrhoids are typically managed in private. Although some of us have experienced flare-ups that require an urgent visit to a hemorrhoid specialist such as a proctologist, most people are aware that they can “flare down” the problem by adopting a few simple strategies, such as standing more and eating better.
Now Harvard Health has weighed in with a few ideas of its, giving regular readers of its popular newsletter some gentle and sage advice on the easing of these itchy, painful symptoms. They even get specific:
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend 25 grams of fiber per day for women ages 50 or younger and 22 grams daily for women over 50. It’s good to have a balance of soluble fiber, which forms a gel in the intestine, and insoluble fiber, which bulks up stools.
My patients tell me they are often astonished to discover how quickly this addresses the problem, particularly if they hadn’t been eating much fiber before. (Certain diets, including Atkins, do not emphasize fiber-rich foods.)
But when measures like this fail to clear up the area, then it’s time visit a hemorrhoid surgeon in Los Angeles who can help you remove the hemorrhoids and begin anew. As Harvard says, “There are several medical procedures to remove or reduce hemorrhoids, from rubber band ligation to open surgery. Most are performed on an outpatient basis. Your doctor can help you decide which approach is best for you.”