Hemorrhoids are veins that become swollen inside or outside of the rectum or anus that may cause pain, burning irritation, itching, and bleeding.


Hemorrhoids may not require treatment; they often go away on their own. When needed, treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter medicines to relieve pain, burning, and itching such as hemorrhoid creams, hydrocortisone, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin
  • Soaking the area in warm water
  • Drinking fluids and taking fiber supplements to soften bowel movements

Medical procedures to treat hemorrhoids include:

  • Rubber band ligation, during which a medical professional places a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to stop blood from flowing to it
  • Sclerotherapy, in which a medical professional injects a chemical into the vein to shrink the hemorrhoid

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The Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery offers expertise for patients with disorders and cancers of the colon, rectum and intestine.

Digestive Disease Center