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Hemorrhoids

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels inside your rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or on your anus (external hemorrhoids). Sometimes a hemorrhoid may prolapse. This means it extends out of your anus.

What increases my risk for hemorrhoids?

What are the signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids?

How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms, the foods you eat, and your bowel movements. He or she will examine your anus for external hemorrhoids. You may need the following:

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Treatment will depend on your symptoms. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent hemorrhoids?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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