Some people really don’t like to go to the doctor, so they try to take care of any medical issues on their own. That works sometimes, but if hemorrhoids have been a problem for you more than once, it’s time to seek outside help.
If you have never had hemorrhoids, you may be able to take care of the problem with over-the-counter and home remedies. But if you’ve had them before and they’ve returned, or if the problem continues to get worse, see your doctor. That’s especially true if:
- Rectal bleeding occurs when you are not passing stools.
- You cannot pass stools, or have diarrhea and abdominal bloating.
- Stools are black and tarry.
- A lump or bulge, that may be tender, appears in the anal opening.
When it comes to something like hemorrhoids, it’s best not to suffer in silence. In fact, it’s best not to suffer at all, so be proactive and seek medial attention if things aren’t flowing properly.