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How Long do Hemorrhoid Symptoms Last?

The longevity of symptomatic hemorrhoids will differ depending on several factors, including the grade of the hemorrhoid and its type—whether it is external, internal, or thrombosed.

Mild cases of hemorrhoids may resolve within a few days or weeks, while more severe cases may take several weeks to months.

Symptomatic hemorrhoids can become chronic. Chronic hemorrhoids are defined as those that persist for more than three months despite treatment and lifestyle changes. If left untreated, hemorrhoids can worsen over time.

When Will Thrombosed Hemorrhoids Heal?

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are a type of hemorrhoid that manifests when a blood clot accumulates in a swollen vein in the anal canal. They can be very painful and are typically seen as a firm, bluish-purple lump on the outside of the anus.

In some cases, a thrombosed hemorrhoid may resolve on its own. However, this can take several weeks and may require medication to manage pain and discomfort in the meantime. While the symptoms might resolve, the hemorrhoid itself might still be present.

When Do External Hemorrhoids Heal?

External hemorrhoids are located below the rectum underneath the skin of the anus. They are often more painful than internal hemorrhoids and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the severity of the condition and the treatment that is being used.

Mild cases of external hemorrhoids may subside within a week or two with proper self-care and conservative treatment. Treatments may involve lifestyle modifications, such as increasing fiber intake, staying hydrated, and avoiding excessive straining during bowel movements.

When Do Internal Hemorrhoids Heal?

Because internal hemorrhoids are often asymptomatic and challenging to identify, their duration is difficult to determine.

While minor internal hemorrhoids might diminish in a few days, more severe symptomatic hemorrhoids can last several weeks. If they do not improve after 2-3 weeks, medical intervention might be necessary.

Am I at Risk for Hemorrhoids?

The following conditions can make you more likely to experience hemorrhoids.


Pregnancy increases hemorrhoid risk because of the added pressure and strain on the pelvic blood vessels. Fluctuations in hormones are also a factor—progesterone causes the blood vessel walls to relax, making them more susceptible to inflammation.


Obesity increases the risk of hemorrhoids because it puts more pressure on the veins in the rectum and anus. When a person is overweight or obese, the excess weight strains the pelvic region, causing the veins to swell and become irritated.

People who are obese may also be more likely to have a diet that is low in fiber, which can cause constipation. Straining during bowel movements contributes to the development of hemorrhoids.

Advancing Age

As we age, our bodies go through various changes, including changes to the digestive system. The walls of the anus and rectum become weaker and less elastic, making hemorrhoids more likely to develop.

Additionally, older people may be more likely to have constipation or other digestive issues that require difficulty during bowel movements, which can increase the risk of hemorrhoids. Our bodies also produce less protective mucus in the anal area, which can make the tissue more sensitive to irritation and inflammation.

Digestive Complications

Digestive disorders can increase the risk for hemorrhoids due to the strain that is placed on the rectal area during bowel movements. Conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease can cause people to force bowel movements, leading to the development of hemorrhoids.

Lifestyle Factors

A sedentary lifestyle—extended periods of sitting with minimal or no exercise—can contribute to the development of hemorrhoids.

Lack of physical activity can raise hemorrhoid risk because prolonged sitting can put pressure on blood vessels in the rectal area. This pressure can lead to swelling and inflammation of the veins, which can cause hemorrhoids to develop. Additionally, physical inactivity can lead to constipation, which is another risk factor for hemorrhoids.

Genetic Factors

There may be a hereditary component for hemorrhoids. However, knowing if sufferers have a genetic predisposition to hemorrhoid development or if lifestyle factors carried through generations (diet, lack of exercise, obesity) hasn’t been definitively established.

Abnormal hemorrhoid development might be partly attributable to inherited weaknesses in connective tissues in the anus and lower rectum.

Texas Hemorrhoid Institute: Offering Advanced, Non-Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment

At Texas Hemorrhoid Institute, patients can expect high-quality care from a team of experienced physicians and medical professionals. The clinic is equipped with next-generation tools and technologies and uses the latest techniques to ensure optimal outcomes.

If you are experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms, consider reaching out to Texas Hemorrhoid Institutereaching out to Texas Hemorrhoid Institutereaching out to Texas Hemorrhoid Institute to regain your comfort and well-being.

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