Hemorrhoids are typically easy to treat and clear up on their own. In very rare cases, a hemorrhoid could cause complications. Chronic blood loss from a hemorrhoid could cause anemia
, which is a shortage of red blood cells. Internal hemorrhoids can also have their blood supply cut off, resulting in strangulated hemorrhoids, which can cause extreme pain. If home treatments haven’t been effective after more than two weeks, make an appointment to see your doctor. Your primary care physician can diagnose and treat hemorrhoids. They can write prescriptions for medicated creams, ointments, and suppositories. If these treatments don’t work, they may recommend treatments like rubber band litigation
or surgery to remove the hemorrhoids. You should also make an appointment to see your doctor right away if you notice rectal bleeding
for the first time or if your rectal bleeding increases. You can connect to a physician in your area using the Healthline FindCare tool.Read this article in Spanish.