Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the wall of your rectum and anus. Your rectum is the last part of your digestive system where stool (poop) is stored until you pass it. Your anus is the hole in your buttocks where your stool comes out.
Pressure in the veins in your rectum or anus can cause hemorrhoids. This pressure can be from:
Hemorrhoids only need treatment if they cause symptoms.
Treatment to help with symptoms include:
Treatments to remove hemorrhoids can include:
A shot that causes scarring in the hemorrhoid and destroys it
Using heat, electric current, or a laser to destroy the hemorrhoid
Tying the hemorrhoid with special rubber bands, which makes the hemorrhoid fall off
Sometimes, surgery to remove hemorrhoids
Sometimes, surgery to remove a blood clot in a hemorrhoid that causes severe pain