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How Long Do Hemorrhoids Usually Last?

As a natural physician, my patients often seek advice on how to manage health concerns with natural remedies.

I have recently had an increased number of patients suffering with recurring hemorrhoids and it prompted me to dig deeper into the best way to help them.

The questions that most of my patients are asking is how long do hemorrhoids last and what's the fastest way to get relief?

I also didn't realize how common hemorrhoids are. About half of people experience hemorrhoids at least once by the time they reach the age of 50.

They can occur in anyone of any gender or age, but they do tend to be more common in older people, pregnant women and people with digestive conditions.

How Long Do Hemorrhoids Usually Last?

How long your hemorrhoids last will depend on their severity. Most mild hemorrhoids (internal) resolve on their own within a few days.

Sometimes, they may take up to a week. Larger hemorrhoids (external) might last longer, and can be more prone to complications.

So, the answer is "it depends". Let's take a look at the different types of hemorrhoids so that you can better determine how long your hemorrhoid will last.

Types of Hemorrhoids:

Internal vs. External Hemorrhoids

There are (4) Types of Hemorrhoids: Internal, External, Prolapsed and Thrombosed and there are

(4) Grades of Severity of Hemorrhoids: Grade 1-4

Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in your anus and rectum become swollen. They can happen internally (inside the rectum) or externally (around the anus).

(1.) Internal Hemorrhoids:

Hemorrhoids that don’t protrude out of the anal canal are called internal.

How Long Do Internal Hemorrhoids Last?

Internal hemorrhoids are found inside your rectum. They can’t always be seen because they are too deep in your anus to be visible.

Internal hemorrhoids aren’t normally serious and tend to go away on their own in a few day or maybe a week.

(2.) External Hemorrhoids:

Those that protrude out but go inside on their own are termed as external.

How Long Do External Hemorrhoids Last?

External hemorrhoids occur directly on the surface of of your anus where your bowel movements occur. They appear as red bumps on the outside of the anal area.

External hemorrhoids aren’t usually a serious issue and may only last for around 7-9 days but can be prolonged up to a few weeks if the issue causing the inflammation isn't corrected such as constipation.

The symptoms of external hemorrhoids are essentially the same as those of internal ones. But since they’re located on the outside of your rectal area, you may feel more pain or discomfort when you sit down, do physical activities, or have a bowel movement.

(3.) Prolapsed Hemorrhoids:

When hemorrhoids inflame and protrude, it is called a prolapsed hemorrhoid.

How Long Do Prolapsed Hemorrhoids Last?

When inner hemorrhoids swell and protrude, a prolapsed hemorrhoid happens. Determining how long this lasts depends on the severity of prolapse. It typically takes a couple of weeks to resolve.

Prolapsed hemorrhoids look like swollen red bumps outside your anus. They can cause itching, burning and pain.

(4.) Thrombosed Hemorrhoids:

Thrombosis is an internal or external hemorrhoid that has formed a blood clot (thrombosis). Intense itchiness, burning, pain, redness and swelling may accompany thrombosis symptoms that tend to be worse than ordinary.

How Long Do External Thrombosed Hemorrhoids Last?

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are essentially a complication of a hemorrhoid, in which a blood clot forms (thrombosis) within the hemorrhoid tissue or vein. They appear as lumps or swelling around the anus.

The pain of thrombosed hemorrhoids may improve within 7-10 days and may disappear within two to three weeks.

When a thrombosed hemorrhoid ruptures, it may bleed. The bleeding shouldn’t last more than 10 minutes. If it last much longer, you may want to reach out to your physician.

Once the major bleeding episode is over, you may find intermittent traces of blood in your stool.

And while a ruptured hemorrhoid doesn’t require any treatment, you will want to keep the area clean and help it heal well.

How Long Do Postpartum Hemorrhoids Last?

How long do postpartum hemorrhoids last? Dr. Angela Walk

One of the most common complaints after childbirth is hemorrhoids, with as many as 50% of women reporting symptoms at 4 weeks postpartum.

They are actually very common during pregnancy as well, thanks to constipation and the extra pressure on your veins in your lower half from your enlarged uterus.

If you successfully avoided them during pregnancy, you still might have them after childbirth, due to straining during labor and constipation afterward. If you did have them during pregnancy, they might get worse.

Generally, hemorrhoids will go away on their own by 6 weeks postpartum. However, with natural remedies, the pain and swelling should decrease dramatically within a few days.

A postpartum sitz bath can be an amazing way to help heal from childbirth while offering relaxation.