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What Could Go Wrong with Cream for Hemorrhoids?

Posted on April 07, 2024

Are you interested in using cream for hemorrhoids for symptom relief? Well, if you have a mild case of hemorrhoids, you may get what you're looking for from these over-the-counter products. But in some cases, your story could turn out quite differently. In fact, one woman in California recently died after purchasing and using a topical hemorrhoid ointment over the internet.

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What was Dangerous about the Cream for Hemorrhoids?

If you have hemorrhoids, you may be seeking relief from creams such as Recticare or Preparation H with lidocaine. However, the woman in California went in a different direction, pursuing 'natural' treatments online. As such, she purchased an herb-based Vietnamese ointment called Cao Boi Tri Cay Thau Dau. Or so she thought,

Tragically, the woman died shortly after using the ointment. After her passing, authorities tested the product and discovered it was laced with toxic lead levels. As such, her decision to seek hemorrhoid symptom relief ultimately led to her death by lead poisoning.

Longer Lasting Symptom Relief

Clearly, such a tragic story is rare. Typically, patients who purchase brand name cream for hemorrhoids, from reputable drug stores will remain unharmed. But if you have a moderate to severe condition, you are unlikely to find relief from topical treatment options.

Are you suffering from symptoms such as itching, bleeding when passing bowel movements, and discomfort? Would you like to find symptom relief but prefer to avoid surgery? Well, you can, if you choose to undergo Hemorrhoid Artery Embolization (HAE). This medical procedure effectively treats stage 2 and 3 internal hemorrhoids without the need for invasive surgery or an overnight hospital stay. Want to learn more? Click here to request an appointmentat the Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute.

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