Dr. Brand shares his knowledge and explains if over-the-counter hemmorhoid products are effective.
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It depends on what the symptoms are that you are trying to treat. If you are treating itching, that’s something that a lot of the over-counter preparations can often be very helpful. If you are trying to treat bleeding or prolapse, that’s much less likely that these over-the-counter preparations can be helpful. The reason for that is that the hemorrhoidal condition is often related to a mechanical problem, and the medications that people can get over the counter are directed more towards inflammation, an entirely different process that’s not causing the symptoms.