Most people are embarrassed to talk about their hemorrhoids, and they don’t even really want to go to the store and have to buy the over-the-counter medicated ointments for the purpose. In reality, about half the population has hemorrhoids at any given moment in time. Most of the time hemorrhoids clear up on their own, but sometimes you need a doctor’s assistance.
Hemorrhoids can last any amount of time. It’s really individual to the hemorrhoid. Some small hemorrhoids may heal on their own within a few days if not aggravated. Other hemorrhoids can last several days or weeks, even with over-the-counter treatment. If you have hemorrhoids that are painful and don’t resolve within a few days, you should see your doctor.
If your hemorrhoids last longer than a day or two, you should get over-the-counter medicated ointments specifically developed for external hemorrhoids. If they still don’t go away after a week, you need to talk to your doctor.
You also need to see a doctor specializing in hemorrhoids if you:
- Have frequent cases of hemorrhoids that come and go
- Frequently have bowel problems that contribute to the formation and aggravation of hemorrhoids
- Have hemorrhoids that are causing bleeding
- Find it difficult to sit for any period of time
Does this describe your hemorrhoid symptoms? Contact us today to schedule your appointment.