Frequently Asked Questions

This page is meant to address the most common questions people have regarding hemorrhoids.  If your question is not answered below, there is a good chance you will find what you’re looking for in one of our hemorrhoids articles.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are veins in your anal canal or around the opening of the anus that have enlarged and become swollen.  They can be internal or external.  [Read more…]

What causes hemorrhoids?

In general, anything that puts strain or pressure on veins in your anal area can trigger a hemorrhoid to develop.  Common causes include: obesity, pregnancy, constipation, prolonged sitting, heavy lifting or straining, and unhealthy bowel movements.  [Read more…]

How do I know if I have hemorrhoids?

The best way to know for sure is to visit your doctor.  However, they are fairly easy to identify.  Typical symptoms include: itchiness or a burning sensation around the anus, pain within the anal canal, and bleeding after bowel movements.

If the hemorrhoids are external, then they will feel like lumps around the opening of the anus.  The size can range from a small pea to the size of a large grape.  They also usually have a bluish or purplish color tint, but can also be red in color.

Internal hemorrhoids are generally more difficult to identify because they are located inside of the anal canal and may only cause minor discomfort.  This often results in them going unnoticed until bleeding occurs.  Therefore, if bleeding occurs after a normal bowel movement, it is usually a sign of internal hemorrhoids.  Occasionally, an internal hemorrhoid may also slip down and protrude out of the anal canal during bowel movements (known as a prolapsed hemorrhoid).  [Read more…]

What’s the best hemorrhoid treatment?

The best treatment is the one that works for you!  There are many options to choose from and some work better for certain people than others.  Ultimately, the best treatment is a long-term solution that involves: 1) making lifestyle changes to prevent future break outs, 2) taking an effective treatment that goes after the root problems and provides relief.

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If the hemorrhoids have gone a long time untreated and have reached a severe stage, then hemorrhoid surgery may be the only option.

I see blood on my toilet paper.  Should I be worried?

Hemorrhoids often bleed and this is a very common symptom.  Therefore, there is no need to panic as the bleeding is usually minor and not serious.  However,  if there is an excessive amount of blood, or the bleeding persists, or the blood is dark red (blood from hemorrhoids is usually bright red), you should see your doctor immediately as the bleeding might be due to other issues.  In general, it’s best practice to consult with your doctor anytime you notice any kind of bleeding. [Read more …]

I’m pregnant. Why do I have hemorrhoids and what should I do?

Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are a common side effect of being pregnant.  The additional weight gained during the pregnancy and the growing uterus puts more pressure and strain on the pelvic area and the veins in that region, which causes the hemorrhoids.  The best thing to do is consult with your doctor.  Common treatments include sitz baths, diet, creams, and natural remedies.  [Read more…]

How long does it take for hemorrhoids to go away?

This depends on the severity of the hemorrhoids and what type of treatment you have chosen.  Naturally this will vary from person to person.  However, some treatments (like the H-Miracle System) can eliminate hemorrhoids within 2 days and surgery can get rid of them immediately.

If left untreated, the hemorrhoid may eventually disappear.  However, often times it will pop up again later or become worse.  Therefore, it is best to treat the hemorrhoid immediately and take measures to prevent them from developing.

How do I prevent hemorrhoids from occurring?

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent hemorrhoids from developing.  There are many ways, however, to reduce the chances of them occurring.  In general, this includes having a healthy diet that is rich in fiber and practicing healthy bowel habits. [Read more…]