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Germoloids for piles

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 4 minutes read

Germoloids is a medication used to relieve the symptoms of piles. Also known as haemorrhoids, piles are a very common problem that many people will encounter at some stage in their life. Many people do not seek medical attention for them, so it is unknown exactly how common they are. They are enlarged blood vessels in and around the anus which look like small lumps that can be red or purplish. Symptoms of piles can include blood after you go for a poo; they can also cause pain, itching or irritation around the anus. The blood from piles will usually be bright red and seen on wiping or on top of the stools. People can also have no symptoms at all. 

Germoloids is a popular haemorrhoid medication available over the counter. It is suitable for adults and children aged twelve and above. It can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but as always, it is best to speak with your doctor or midwife before using any medication when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

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Germoloids is available in three formulations: cream, ointment and suppositories. All three formulations contain the same active ingredients. The choice of formulation depends on your symptoms and personal preference.

The cream is thinner than the ointment, making it easier to rub in. The thicker consistency of the ointment means it’s good for relieving sore, dry skin. The cream and ointment formulations can be used for both internal and external haemorrhoids. Internal haemorrhoids are located inside the body below the lining of the anus and rectum, and external haemorrhoids are located outside the body under the skin surrounding the anus. For treating external haemorrhoids, the cream or ointment should be applied directly to the affected area after washing and drying.

The best practice is applying a gauze dressing, but many people use a clean finger. For treating internal haemorrhoids, screw the nozzle onto the tube and insert the nozzle into the back passage. Putting some of the cream or ointment around the outside of the nozzle can ease the application. Then squeeze the tube gently whilst withdrawing the nozzle slowly so the cream or ointment moves gently up the anus. Make sure you clean the nozzle after each use.

Germoloid suppositories are for treating internal haemorrhoids only. If you have internal haemorrhoids, suppositories are usually the best option. They should be inserted round end first into the back passage after cleaning and drying the area. When inserting a suppository, ensure that the suppository is inserted far enough not to fall out and always wash your hands before and after every use.

It is recommended that all Germoloid formulations should be used at least twice a day, and if necessary, they can be used up to four times a day. You should leave at least three hours between doses, and it is advised that you use the medication after each bowel movement that you have.

How does it work?

Germoloid cream, ointment and suppositories all contain lidocaine and zinc oxide. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic that numbs pain and itching. It works by blocking pain signals across nerve fibres. Zinc oxide has a soothing effect to relieve itching and discomfort. It also has an astringent effect, which helps shrink haemorrhoids, reducing swelling, and it works as an antiseptic to help prevent the growth of bacteria around your haemorrhoids. Germoloids don’t actually cure haemorrhoids; they just help relieve your symptoms.

Are there any side effects?

Germoloids products are not linked with causing lots of side effects because only a very small amount of the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream. However, you may experience irritation, skin rashes or a burning sensation at the site of application.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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