Frequently Asked Questions

Hemorrhoids are more common than you might expect, but for most sufferers it's still an uncomfortable subject to talk about.

Here are some answers that will hopefully address some of your unanswered questions and help you deal with your hemorrhoids.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in your anus. Want to know more?


What causes them?

Activities that put pressure on your abdomen can contribute to hemorrhoids. Here are some culprits.


What are some common symptoms?

Visit the symptoms page of this website to learn more about hemorrhoid symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.


When should I see a doctor about my hemorrhoids?

See a doctor if your symptoms are more severe than the ones described on this website or if your condition does not improve within 7 days with over-the-counter medications. Your doctor will conduct an examination and may give you prescription strength medications or discuss other options with you.


Can I prevent hemorrhoids?

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


What can I do to treat hemorrhoids?

You can relieve your hemorrhoid symptoms with over-the-counter medications. ANUSOL® offers a wide range of products to help you get more comfortable.


What is the difference between creams/ointments and suppositories?

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 ANUSOL® products and it is up to your personal preference which one you use. Hemorrhoid creams/ointments work well on both external and internal hemorrhoids, and suppositories are best for internal hemorrhoids.


Can ANUSOL® or ANUSOL® Plus be used during pregnancy?

You should consult a doctor or pharmacist before use.