When To Call a Doctor

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.

Call for an appointment with your 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.

Call 911 if blood loss is significant or if you feel dizzy, lightheaded or faint.