If you're caring for someone with hemorrhoids, keep in mind that they may be too embarrassed to talk about it. It's a very common problem, however, and letting them know this may reassure them. Although hemorrhoids are usually not serious, a doctor should examine the person to rule out a more serious condition. Also, keep in mind that some hemorrhoids can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. While your doctor will recommend the right treatment option, there are also self-care options - like warm baths and witch hazel compresses - that may help to relieve pain and other symptoms.