Frequently Asked Questions

Hemorrhoids are more common than you might expect. Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you deal with hemorrhoids.

Understanding hemorrhoids

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in your rectum or anus. They can be internal or external.

What causes them?

Activities that put pressure on your abdomen can contribute to hemorrhoids. This can be due to constipation, pregnancy and childbirth, lifting heavy loads and obesity.

What are some common symptoms?

Visit the symptoms page to learn more about hemorrhoid symptoms.

This is the first time I’m experiencing hemorrhoids and I’m not sure what to do!

If you think you have hemorrhoids and this is the first time you are experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms, talk to your doctor in order to get the most appropriate treatment.


What can I do to treat Hemorrhoids?

You can relieve your hemorrhoid symptoms with over-the-counter medications. ANUSOLTM offers a wide range of products to help you find trusted and effective relief.

When should I see a doctor about my 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.

Will hemorrhoids keep coming back?

Hemorrhoids are different for everyone, but there's plenty you can do to try and prevent them. This involves a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

Can I prevent hemorrhoids?

There are simple lifestyle changes that can help you minimize your chances of getting hemorrhoids. Learn more.

What is the difference between ointments and suppositories?

You may have noticed that hemorrhoid treatments such as ANUSOLTM and ANUSOLTM Plus come in an ointment and a suppository format. There is no difference in the medication contained in each format of the ANUSOLTM 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 and follow instructions carefully.

Can ANUSOLTM or ANUSOLTM Plus be used during pregnancy?

You should consult a doctor or pharmacist before use.

Can you get hemorrhoids from sitting on cold floors or hot radiators?

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.

Are men more susceptible to hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids can affect anyone. They're caused by increased pressure in the blood vessels in your bottom and there's no discrimination between the sexes.

I’m overweight – am I at a higher risk for hemorrhoids?

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.

Wondering where to buy?

Effective relief is as near as your closest pharmacy, or supermarket (pharmacy).

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