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This article was published on May 9, 2013, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
In some cases, hemorrhoids occur temporarily and go away naturally. A few applications of the right ointment to treat symptoms and your hemorrhoids are nothing but an unpleasant memory. Unfortunately, this is rare. In most cases, if the hemorrhoids are causing enough discomfort for you to take notice, chances are they won’t go away easily. Many of the cases our physicians treat are chronic hemorrhoids, meaning they last more than a couple of weeks and tend to flare up again and again.
External chronic hemorrhoids rarely go away on their own. You can relieve symptoms by applying hemorrhoid creams, changing your diet, or increasing your fiber intake, but you won’t find true, long-lasting relief until you find the right doctor-prescribed treatment.
How do I know if my hemorrhoids are chronic?
Chronic external hemorrhoids are swollen veins, often seen or felt under the skin just around the rim of the anus. In most cases, external hemorrhoids are accompanied by internal hemorrhoids as well. In addition to the itching or burning sensation of piles, chronic hemorrhoids will also cause bleeding and sometimes secrete mucus. If you notice blood on the toilet paper and your hemorrhoids have gone from uncomfortable to painful, it’s time to see a doctor.
If you are reading this and still aren’t sure if you have chronic hemorrhoids – go ahead and call a CRH O’Regan partner doctor near you and make an appointment. Whether your hemorrhoids are chronic or not, seeing a doctor means you’ve already taken the first step towards complete hemorrhoid relief.