Hemorrhoids are not usually a serious condition, but they can be painful and even embarrassing. They occur when veins in the rectum become inflamed and swollen, often causing itching or burning, pain, and bleeding. Hemorrhoids may be internal or external. When the occurrence progresses to bleeding during bowel movements, or when they fail to heal on their own, medical treatment may be necessary. In most instances, however, home remedies and over-the-counter options can resolve hemorrhoids.
Over-the-counter remedies that reduce inflammation can help ease the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Less inflammation means less pain, itching, and bleeding. Although these treatments are unlikely to heal the hemorrhoids themselves, they can make the experience more bearable. For topical treatments, use a sterile cotton pad to apply the remedy to the inflamed area. Most options are relatively free of side effects, but any unexpected issues, including worsening of the hemorrhoids, should be reported to a doctor.
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