Frequently asked questions

Asking the right questions is important. Here some of the questions that are most pertinent to the condition.

How to recognize hemorrhoidal disease?

I have bleeding, mucus discharge, itching and pain in the anal area. Do I have hemorrhoids?

Your symptoms are similar to those in a hemorrhoidal attack. You should see your personal physician because there are many solutions to the problem.

When and who should I see in connection with hemorrhoids?

If you periodically have at least one of the following symptoms: bleeding, anal discomfort and pain, increased mucus discharge, local irritation or anal sphincter relaxation, consult you personal physician, a specialist (surgeon or proctologist) or a pharmacist. Your personal physician (GP) shall perform a clinical examination and if necessary shall refer you to a specialist for further investigations.

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How can my doctor determine that I have a hemorrhoidal disease?

You doctor shall carry out a clinical examination, which includes rectal examination for presence of external hemorrhoids and prolapsed internal hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids are diagnosed by proctoscopy.

Lifestyle and hemorrhoid symptoms prevention

Can changes in my dietary habits help prevent hemorrhoidal attacks?

Maintenance of a balanced diet, rich in natural fibers, and avoidance of spicy foods, caffeine, tea and alcohol, can help prevent hemorrhoid symptoms.

Can exercise delay the onset of a hemorrhoidal attack?

It depends on the type of sport. Some sports such as walking and swimming are beneficial because they improve venous circulation, while sports as weightlifting, cycling or horse riding, as well as exercises requiring prolonged sitting can worsen hemorrhoids and should be avoided.