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8 Self-Care Tips for Treating Hemorrhoids

A few simple steps can relieve symptoms.

By taking a few simple steps you can relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids and prevent them from coming back. Some treatments involve simple products available from your local grocery store or pharmacy. Other treatments involve making changes in your diet and exercise habits, which can help ease constipation and straining during bowel movements, a primary cause of hemorrhoids.
 

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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