When Should I See a Hemorrhoid Doctor?

When Should I See a Hemorrhoid Doctor?

Irritated hemorrhoids are a common problem – about 50 percent of adults experienced the symptoms of hemorrhoids by the age of 50.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also know as piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum and are similar to varicose veins. They act as cushions to protect the anal skin from the passage of stool. Hemorrhoids are a part of the normal anatomy of the anus and lower rectum and usually are not a problem. However, they can become a problem and require treatment if they swell, cause pain, itch, bleed or protrude out of the rectum to the outside of the anus.

How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last?

There is no specific duration for hemorrhoids, and they can last for varying lengths of time. In some people, small hemorrhoids may clear up on their own after a few days. In other cases, large, external hemorrhoids may take longer to heal and cause significant pain and discomfort.

What Can I Do About My Hemorrhoids?

For minor hemorrhoids, there are a number of over-the-counter products and lifestyle choices that can provide relief, including:

  • Medicated creams, such as phenylephrine gel (Preparation H)
  • Soak regularly in a warm sitz bath
  • Sitting on an ice pack to reduce pain or discomfort.
  • Eat high-fiber foods
  • Take oral pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), aspirin or ibuprofen to provide temporary relief
  • Keep the anal area clean and use dry toilet paper

When is it Time to See a Doctor?

In general, if your hemorrhoid symptoms have not resolved within one week, it is best to see a doctor. Other specific symptoms that indicate a doctor’s visit is recommended include:

  • If you’re experiencing any type of rectal bleeding
  • If the hemorrhoids are causing you pain or discomfort
  • If the symptoms persist after trying over-the-counter creams or other home remedies.
  • If you’re passing stools that appear maroon or tarry in color, which is a sign of bleeding.

If you are experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms, call the hemorrhoid specialists today at Avalon Hemorrhoid at (626) 310-0771 for a consultation.






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