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How long does it take to heal hemorrhoids?

When treated early, hemorrhoids usually disappear within a week or two. By increasing fiber and fluids in your diet, your stool will soften, thereby promoting more regular bowel movements. It also helps to eliminate excessive straining and to take warm baths.

Most painful external hemorrhoids will respond to rest and warm sitz baths. Within a week the pain should subside. The firm lump should completely recede within four to six weeks. If the pain is severe, your physician may decide to inject a local anesthetic and remove the hemorrhoid in the office to provide immediate relief.

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