Frequently Asked Questions

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

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids 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 haemorrhoids . This can be due to constipation, pregnancy and childbirth, lifting heavy loads and obesity.

What are the common symptoms?

Visit the symptoms page to learn more about hemorrhoid symptoms.

This is the first time I'm experiencing haemorrhoids and I'm not sure what to do!

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

What can I do to treat haemorrhoids?

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

When should I see a doctor about my haemorrhoids?

If this is the first time you're experiencing haemorrhoids 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 haemorrhoids keep coming back?

Haemorrhoids 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 haemorrhoids?

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

What is the difference between ointments and suppositories

You may have noticed that haemorrhoid treatments such as ANUSOL 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. Haemorrhoid ointments work well on both external and internal haemorrhoids, and suppositories are best for internal haemorrhoids. Always make sure you read the label & follow instructions carefully.

Can ANUSOL be used during pregnancy?

You should consult a doctor or pharmacist before use.

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

No! This is a myth. Sitting down for long periods of time can make haemorrhoids worse, but it doesn't cause them. Developing haemorrhoids has nothing to do with the temperature of what you're perched on.

Are men more susceptible to haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids 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 am overweight - am I at high risk for haemorrhoids?

Overweight individuals have a higher chance of getting haemorrhoids 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.

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