Request Appointment
Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute Logo
How Long do Hemorrhoids Last?
Schedule an Appointment

How Long do Hemorrhoids Last?

The duration of hemorrhoids depends on severity and individual factors.

In most cases, hemorrhoids improve within a few days or weeks with the help of home remedies and self-care measures.

However, there are times when hemorrhoids may persist or become chronic.

If hemorrhoids last longer than a week or two, we recommend seeking medical attention.

Persistent hemorrhoids may require medical treatment to alleviate symptoms and promote healing.

How long do thrombosed hemorrhoids last?

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are a type of hemorrhoid that occurs when a blood clot develops or becomes trapped within the hemorrhoid. They often occur due to increased pressure on the veins in the rectal area.

Thrombosed hemorrhoids can last about two to three weeks, sometimes causing intense pain and swelling. Clots can diminish independently over time, leading to the gradual improvement of symptoms. However, it is important to note that while the pain and swelling may subside within a few weeks, the presence of the hemorrhoids may persist.

How long do external hemorrhoids last?

External hemorrhoids form outside the anus, around the opening. They are usually more painful and noticeable compared to internal hemorrhoids.

There is no set timeframe for how long external hemorrhoids last. However, it is important to note that external hemorrhoids often resolve spontaneously within a few days to several weeks. In some cases, they may persist for a longer period.

How long do internal hemorrhoids last?

Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum. They typically don't cause pain or discomfort unless they become prolapsed, meaning they protrude and extend outside the anus.

Internal hemorrhoids are typically harder to detect than external hemorrhoids; internal hemorrhoids often go unnoticed and can cause discomfort and rectal bleeding. The length of time they remain symptomatic or detectable is different for everyone.  

Are hemorrhoids chronic?

Hemorrhoids are often chronic. While they can often be treated and resolved with lifestyle changes and self-care measures, some individuals may experience recurrent or persistent hemorrhoids.

Who is at risk for hemorrhoids?

Certain factors increase a person's risk of developing hemorrhoids. These risk factors include:

Are hemorrhoids dangerous?

Hemorrhoids are not typically dangerous. However, they can cause discomfort and pain for individuals who experience them and hurt a person's quality of life.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids may include itching, burning, bleeding, or a lump near the anus. These symptoms can be bothersome and affect daily activities.

Although hemorrhoids are generally harmless, it is still important to consult a healthcare professional if you experience persistent or severe symptoms. A specialist can provide a proper diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment options. In some cases, more serious conditions such as anal cancer may present with similar symptoms to hemorrhoids, so seeking medical advice for an accurate diagnosis is crucial.

Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute: Effective Hemorrhoid Treatment in North Atlanta

Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute offers next-generation, non-surgical treatment for symptomatic hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid artery embolization (HAE) is a minimally invasive approach that offers dramatic symptom reduction for patients struggling with grades I-III internal hemorrhoids.

If you think HAE treatment could be right for you, please don't hesitate to contact our caring representatives to schedule a consultation today.

Take the Quiz
Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute leaf icon
Contact Us
Is HAE right for me?
Find out if HAE is the right treatment option for your grade 2 or 3 internal hemorrhoids. Schedule a consultation with our team today.
Schedule an Appointment
Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute Logo in white
Contact Us
3225 Cumberland Blvd. Southeast
Suite 520
Atlanta, GA 30339
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm


Please contact our dedicated specialists to schedule a consultation today.

Schedule an Appointment
sister site - Georgia Fibroids logo in whitesister site - Georgia Endovascular logo in whitesister site - Georgia Knee Institute logo in whitesister site - Georgia prostate logo in white

2024 Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute. All rights reserved. Website Design by Healthcare Success