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Learn About Hemorrhoids

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.


Treating Flare-Ups »

5 simple treatments that can help ease hemorrhoid symptoms and reduce the risk of flare-ups.

The Hemorrhoid Diet »

Learn how your diet is related to your hemorrhoids.

Physical Activity »

Exercises to do (and avoid) when you have hemorrhoids as well as exercises to help reduce the risk of flare-ups.

Treating Flare-Ups Away From Home »

How to treat hemorrhoid symptoms and reduce the risk of flare-ups when you’re on the go.

The Emotional Toll of Hemorrhoids »

Hemorrhoids can affect your outlook on life. Learn how hemorrhoids can affect your emotions—and what you can do to feel better.

Using the Bathroom »

Reduce the risk of hemorrhoids with these DOs and DON’Ts when using the bathroom.

Just for Moms »

Tips on treating hemorrhoid symptoms for new and expectant moms.

What Are Hemorrhoids? »

Find out what external and internal hemorrhoids are.

Who Gets Hemorrhoids? »

Many men and women will develop hemorrhoid symptoms during their lifetime. See who’s at risk.

Symptoms »

Signs and symptoms that you may have hemorrhoids.

Flare-Ups »

What are hemorrhoid flare-ups and how can you prevent them?

Causes »

Learn why people develop hemorrhoids.

Medical Treatment »

From medications to surgery, treatments for hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid Discussion Guide »

Tips on how to talk with your healthcare provider about hemorrhoids.

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