Hemorrhoids are without doubt one of the most uncomfortable of health subjects. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who will admit to having them, or who wants to talk about treating them. If you’ve experienced a hemorrhoid, calling it “uncomfortable” may be putting it mildly.
But keep in mind you are far from alone if you find yourself dealing with hemorrhoids. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, an estimated 75% of people ages 45 and over have hemorrhoids. Some people may never experience hemorrhoid symptoms. But many people will, at some point, contend with hemorrhoid-related problems, including rectal pain, itching, and bleeding.
Yes, hemorrhoids can be unpleasant, painful, and embarrassing, but they’re rarely dangerous. This Harvard Medical School guide discusses simple self-help and over-the-counter remedies to help you find relief. The guide will help you identify the type of hemorrhoids you have and understand why they occur, and then guide you through different treatment options.
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