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Hemorrhoids, Can You Pop Them?

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Hemorrhoids can be a very uncomfortable and embarrassing problem for some people. However, most symptoms can be relieved through various means of treatment. If they become severe enough to cause symptoms such as pain or bleeding, the person may have surgery to help correct symptoms.

In recent years, there has been a return to certain kinds of home remedies that have been used for decades with varying degrees of success. One of these old-fashioned treatments is popping, which can often lead to a significant amount of discomfort and even aggravation in some cases. There are also natural remedies found to relieve symptoms but without the possibility of complications.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are enlarged veins that occur in the lower rectum and anus. They often swell to become inflamed, leading to symptoms, including itching, bleeding, or pain. Rectal tissue is more sensitive than you might think it would be, given its location near the anus. It can be very painful when irritated by swelling over time, making some sufferers yearn for treatment options that provide quick relief of chronic symptoms.

Can I Pop My Hemorrhoids?

Popping should always be done carefully and only when symptoms become severe because rectal tissue can stretch slightly in some people. In contrast, it might be very tender in others. If you attempt to pop yourself, it’s advised that you always start slowly with just a little pressure at first; this is so you don’t cause complications later on.

Popping may lead to more bleeding, piles that bleed longer or more frequently than they did before, pain in the rectal area, or piles that come out sometimes after popping them. 

While it’s true that many people will try to treat themselves by popping them. Treatment with popping should be done carefully and only when symptoms become severe. It may involve a little trial and error to get the hemorrhoid-popping technique down; this is because the rectal tissue can stretch slightly in some people, while it might be very tender in others.

If you do attempt to pop yourself, it’s advised that you start slowly and use just a little pressure at first. You could try using one of your fingernails or even an ice cube if you’re determined to avoid putting any strain on your hand, which might lead to complications later on.

What happens if you pop your hemorrhoids?

You might be tempted to try popping because of some treatment success stories you’ve heard or even due to hemorrhoid complications that involve bleeding. However, it’s essential to know what could happen if you successfully pop. Popping may cause more bleeding; large amounts of blood can build up under an inflamed hemorrhoidal mass, which is released after popping the pile.

Other problems stemming from popping are:

  • Hemorrhoids that bleed longer or more frequently than before.
  • Pain in the rectal area.

How does over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatment work?

Over-the-counter cream or suppositories can work remarkably well to relieve symptoms. These treatments are not only practical but they’re generally considered safe as long as you follow the directions on the package for application and dosage.

What are hemorrhoid treatments?

While surgery can be very effective in some cases – especially when external piles are being treated – it’s not always necessary. You have other options available if you want to treat your piles without resorting to popping them. Some of these other treatment methods include using over-the-counter products such as suppositories and creams, taking fiber supplements, or changing your diet to get more dietary fiber into your system.

However, even with other treatments available besides popping them, they can still be frustrating to deal with. Sometimes they will go away on their own, but not always. Other times they may last for months or even years without improving.

There are remedies that work like surgery or over-the-counter drugs. You don’t need a prescription to use them; instead, they’re available in most drugstores and supermarkets throughout the country. These remedies include creams that contain hydrocortisone or witch hazel compounds which provide fast relief of symptoms. If these methods fail, then you might want to consult your doctor about stronger treatment options such as pill medication or even oxygen if extensive rectal tissue has prolapsed.

Ask your doctor about HemWell, an FDA-approved, pain-free treatment that’s permanent. If your provider doesn’t offer HemWell, we can assist you in finding one that does. Please visit our website to learn more about this life-changing treatment. Learn more about hemorrhoids.