Add to that the lack of awareness among the population regarding these issues and the difficulty some people have in discussing their problem with the right professional and the patient becomes a silent sufferer of a pathology that can usually be solved quickly, often with simple measures.
Do ointments serve to treat proctology ?
Unfortunately, ointments are not the most appropriate method to treat hemorrhoids as they keep the anal area moist, favoring the colonization of fungi. Most hemorrhoid ointments contain substances called corticoids as an active ingredient. Corticoids decrease immunity at the site of application. Ointments do not cure hemorrhoids, though they can sometimes help to relieve symptoms. As a temporary solution, we recommend careful hygiene in the affected area, sitz baths and control at meals to prevent constipation.
Do ointments serve to treat anal fissures ?
This is perhaps the only exception, as it has been demonstrated that the application of an ointment medication to relax the sphincter of the anus, relieves pain and allows the fissure to heal. In any case, it is important to follow the advice of the proctology specialist as all ointments do not serve the same purpose and it is important to understand that they are medications and must be prescribed by the physician according to their purpose for each proctologic process. Otherwise, you can produce a chronic anorectal disease and the condition will worsen.
What are hemorrhoids ?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus that eventually form sacs which are usually grouped in three bundles.
There are internal hemorrhoids, located inside the anus, which can prolapse, and external hemorrhoids, which are located around the anus and are always visible.
The most common complications are bleeding, ulceration and thrombosis; the latter is extremely painful. Currently it is thought that hemorrhoids can be the consequence of a rectum descent, which would act as a trigger for the formation of these venous sacs. Hence Dr. Longo proposes to treat hemorrhoids in the same way as a rectal prolapse. This hemorrhoid treatment is known as Longo's hemorrhoidopexy and the post-operative is much more comfortable than the post-operative of traditional surgery.
What is the best treatment for hemorrhoids ?
Currently, the best treatment is surgery, where hemorrhoids are permanently removed. However, some cases can be treated in outpatient appointments, without surgery, by sclerosis, or with banding, which is also an effective and permanent treatment. Ointments never cure hemorrhoids.