How long have you waited? Have you tried at-home treatments? You don’t have to suffer with hemorrhoids. There are treatments available to you, and a health care provider can offer support and options that are not available to you over-the-counter. Treatment will depend on what prompted the hemorrhoids in the first place, but all treatments are relatively easy and painless, including outpatient procedures.
If hemorrhoid symptoms don’t improve after repeated at-home treatments, it may be time to call a doctor. If at any time there is rectal bleeding, it is also important to see a doctor to rule out anything more serious. However, if there is significant blood loss or you begin to get lightheaded, dizzy or faint, seek immediate medical attention.
Make an appointment with a health care provider if hemorrhoid symptoms do not improve with home treatment. You should also be seen if you have rectal bleeding. Your provider may want to check for other, more serious causes of the bleeding, especially if you have never bled from hemorrhoids before.