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Hemorrhoids refer to a condition where the veins in the lower rectum and around the anus are swollen, dilated and inflamed (similar to varicose veins in legs). This can result in pain, itching, irritation, burning, and sometimes bleeding–these symptoms indicate a flare-up. About 75% of all Americans will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Beyond the physical effects, hemorrhoid flare-ups can take an emotional toll as well. Fortunately, you can ease your symptoms and reduce the risk of flare-ups by making some basic lifestyle changes and using Preparation H as directed. Before long, you'll be back to doing the things you love.