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Treatment of Hemorrhoids

In most cases, treatment for hemorrhoids is focused on:
 
  • Relieving symptoms
  • Relieving pressure by increasing fiber and fluids
  • Modifying bowel habits.
     
In infrequent cases when this conservative treatment is not successful, a hemorrhoid surgery or procedure may be recommended.
 
(Click Hemorrhoid Treatment or Hemorrhoid Surgery for more information on how hemorrhoids are treated.)
 

Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids are common among pregnant women. The pressure of the fetus in the abdomen, as well as hormonal changes, can cause the hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These blood vessels are also placed under severe pressure during childbirth. For most women, however, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are a temporary problem.
 
(Click Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy for more information.)
 

Preventing Hemorrhoids

The best ways to prevent hemorrhoids includes:
 
  • Keeping stools soft so they pass easily, thus decreasing pressure and straining
  • Emptying bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs.
     
Exercise, including walking, and increased fiber in the diet help reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass.
 

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