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To summarize, hemorrhoids are dilated veins. And some of the simple things that one can do to help relieve the symptoms are one, avoid being constipated. Therefore, it's important to consume a sufficient amount of fluids per day. Also, it's important to consume a certain amount of fiber. Anywhere from 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day should do the trick. There are a number of over the counter remedies for simple hemorrhoids. You can apply topical ointments to help relieve pain and inflammation. There are also some categories of agents which contain steroids to treat inflamed and dilated hemorrhoids. Now mind you, it's very important that if you use that type of over the counter medicine with steroids, you should not use it for more than a week outside of the instruction of a physician. There are other ways to treat hemorrhoids, which would actually help remove hemorrhoids. Band ligation where you place a rubber band on a dilated hemorrhoidal vein. It cuts through the vein sequentially and you ultimately pass it when you have a bowel movement. Surgical removal of hemorrhoids is a little bit more invasive procedure, and that's usually for patients who are failures in reference to medical therapy or who, for whatever reason, either do not wish to undergo a course of medical therapy, or who cannot undergo a course of medical therapy given their particular health history.

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Eugene Trowers, MD, MPH, FACP


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
  • Graduated from the New York University School of Medicine in 1976 and has been in practice for over 42 years 
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, and The Best Doctors in America: Central Region

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