Frequently Asked Questions
Hemorrhoids are more common than you might expect. Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you deal with hemorrhoids.
If this is the first time you're experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms, then it's best to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor. That way you can make sure you're using the most appropriate and effective treatment from the start.
Be sure to see a doctor if your symptoms are more severe than the ones described on our website or if your condition does not improve within 7 days with over-the-counter medications. Your doctor will give you his or her expert opinion and may give you prescription strength medications or discuss other options with you.Back to top
You may have noticed that hemorrhoid treatments such as ANUSOL® and ANUSOL® Plus come in an ointment and a suppository format. There is no difference in the medication contained in each format of the ANUSOL® products and it is up to your personal preference which one you use. Hemorrhoid ointments work well on both external and internal hemorrhoids, and suppositories are best for internal hemorrhoids. Always make sure you read the label & follow instructions carefully.Back to top
No! This is a myth. Sitting down for long periods of time can make hemorrhoids worse, but it doesn't cause them. Developing hemorrhoids has nothing to do with the temperature of what you're perched on.Back to top
Overweight individuals have a higher chance of getting hemorrhoids due to the extra pressure on their abdomen. This pressure can also be the result of constipation, straining on the toilet, pregnancy or lifting heavy weights.Back to top