About Hemorrhoids

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are dilated veins around the anus. Most people with hemorrhoids experience mild to moderate pain, itching or burning. Swollen hemorrhoids are sometimes called ‘piles.’

Hemorrhoids are common in both men and women. About half of adults over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are caused when the veins around your anus are stretched under pressure and then begin to bulge and swell. Some of the most common causes of hemorrhoids include: obesity, straining during bowel movements, sitting on the toilet for long periods of time, chronic diarrhea or constipation, a low-fiber diet and pregnancy.*

*If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a healthcare professional before using Nupercainal.

Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Hemorrhoid symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, but the most common symptoms hemorrhoid sufferers experience include:

  • Anal itching
  • Anal ache or pain, especially while sitting
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • One or more hard tender lumps near the anus
  • Bleeding during bowel movements*

*Stop use of Nupercainal® and talk to a doctor if bleeding occurs.

Be sure to discuss all hemorrhoid symptoms with your doctor, and alert your doctor if your symptoms begin to change, worsen or become more frequent, or do not improve within seven days. Your doctor may choose to perform a physical examination and other tests to rule out a more serious cause.

Get Relief

Many seek hemorrhoid symptom relief from an OTC topical ointment. Dibucaine, the active ingredient found in Nupercainal® Hemorrhoidal Ointment, works quickly on contact to numb away pain, itching, and burning caused by hemorrhoids for up to 8 hours. No other OTC hemorrhoid product lasts longer.

There are also other things you can do that are known to help ease hemorrhoid discomfort, such as soaking in a plain, warm bath for 10-15 minutes several times a day, eating high-fiber foods and staying adequately hydrated to soften stool and ease the strain of constipation, and applying a cold, moist compress to the area to help reduce swelling.

It is best to speak with your doctor to find the hemorrhoid relief solution that’s right for you.

Hemorrhoid Flare Ups

Sometimes hemorrhoids flare up unexpectedly, which may cause increased sensitivity, itching, and swelling. Flare ups can also be caused by constipation, diet, or even stress levels. When flare-ups occur, many use a topical ointment, such as Nupercainal® Hemorrhoidal Ointment, for fast, temporary relief of symptoms.