Hemorrhoids are swollen rectal blood vessels and can occur internally or externally. External hemorrhoids can be very painful. Hemorrhoids are common, affecting almost half of people in the U.S. at some point. Common causes include pregnancy, obesity, or other means of abdominal pressure. Eating fiber decreases your chances of getting hemorrhoids. Treatments may include sitz baths, a high-fiber diet, or medical procedures. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes hemorrhoids, what they look like, how to treat them, and much more.
Home Treatment & Remedies for Hemorrhoid Relief
You don't need to see a doctor for quick ways to ease your itching and pain, or for ongoing fixes to keep the discomfort from getting worse.
What are Hemorrhoids?
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How To Treat Hemorrhoids
Have hemorrhoids? Learn about the common treatments and remedies used to get relief from the itching and burning, and heal your hemorrhoids.
A sitz bath, or warm-water bath covering the hips and buttocks, can help heal hemorrhoids, bowel issues, and infections.