I am a healthy 27 year old white male. When I was in college, I developed an external hemorrhoid, but with home treatment it went away in about a week. Since then it may flare up once or twice a year at the most. Several weeks ago, I was under stress and in a hurry and I was straining and sure enough, the hemorrhoid flared up. I used peperation H for a few days and felt it was getting better, then I went to the gym and did heavy lifting, and then a few days later it was worse, very uncomfortable, little bit of pressure and pain. After about 48 hours it felt better but was still there, I felt I was on my way and agin went to the gym, heaving lifting, a few days later it was back to being painful, uncomfortable, etc. Again this lasted about 24-48 hours. I am avoiding heavy lifting. Also, it wasn't until after the second time I did heaving lifting did it occur to me that the lifting may have caused the hemorrhoid to flare up worse. Right now it feels ok, its not uncomfortable. Currently I am using 1% hydrocortisone in an attempt just to get it to recede.
My concern is that its been 3 weeks since this flared up, I am use to with home treatment it receding in about a week, week and half. I may have made it worse with heaving lifting at the gym, but its taking a long time to go away. It has not been uncomfortable for over a week, and it is a little smaller. The skin looks fine, not like a blood clot, that I can tell. What is the fastest way to get this medium sized external hemorrhiod to recede back to normal? Thanks