Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that develop in the anal canal. Bleeding during bowel movements, itching, swelling, and rectal pain are the most common symptoms. They can be uncomfortable at times, but hemorrhoids rarely are a serious problem.
You can treat most hemorrhoids with simple changes to your diet and bowel habits. These changes include eating more fibre and not straining to pass stools. Most hemorrhoids do not need surgery or other treatment unless they are very large and painful or bleed a lot.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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