Hemorrhoids can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about and to experience, but you're not alone. Hemorrhoids are actually a lot more common than you may think. In reality, almost nearly three out of four adults will have hemorrhoids some time in their life.1 Hemorrhoids (also sometimes called piles) are basically just swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum that can develop inside or outside. These swollen blood vessels can cause a variety of symptoms, including: itching or irritation in the anal region, pain, discomfort, swelling, bleeding, painless bleeding during bowel movements, or a hemorrhoid pushing through the anal opening. 1
Depending on the type of hemorrhoids you have or any complications, they can cause minimal pain and irritation or quite a lot. Not to worry, however, as there are many options for treatment at home and your doctor can help as well.
Can you use home remedies to treat hemorrhoids without a doctor?
There are few effective home remedies for hemorrhoids to help you get relief from pain and discomfort. While it’s possible to get relief from hemorrhoids with these home remedies, it's also important to remember to see your doctor if you have bleeding during bowel movements or your hemorrhoids don’t improve after a week of home care.1 Some other conditions can cause rectal bleeding, so it's vital to check with your doctor if that's the case. If your condition worsens or you experience large amounts of bleeding, light headedness or dizziness, seek emergency care.1