Hemorrhoids Treatment Overview
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around your anus that sometimes don’t have any symptoms and other times can be itchy or painful. You can usually treat pain and itchiness yourself with OTC hemorrhoid ointments or suppositories that reduce swelling.
Making changes to your diet, like increasing fiber, can help relieve constipation, which is a common cause of hemorrhoids. OTC ointments can offer immediate relief, but it may take 1–2 weeks for the swelling to go down and symptoms to go away. When you don’t have symptoms, hemorrhoids do not always require treatment.
If hemorrhoids don’t go away in 1–2 weeks, or keep returning, you may want to talk to your doctor. Also call your doctor if you have frequent bleeding, trouble sitting or pain when sitting, or you have other medical conditions (like you’re on a blood thinner or have other digestive disorders).
Go to the ER if you have any of these symptoms, which can be a sign of a more serious condition:
- Severe bleeding
- Severe Pain
- Feeling faint or lightheaded
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