Hemorrhoids are swollen, irritated veins around the anus or rectum that can last for varying lengths of time. In some people, hemorrhoids clear up on their own after a few days. In other cases, they can become a regular occurrence.

Some people may need medication or medical procedures to minimize their symptoms and shrink the hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids can cause pain and make simple activities, such as sitting or walking, uncomfortable or challenging.

In this article, learn more about how long hemorrhoids last and how to get relief.

For people who get hemorrhoids regularly, some dietary and lifestyle changes may help with healing and prevention.

Diet

Eating plenty of fiber-rich foods may soften the stool, making it easier to pass.

Straining during bowel movements is a common cause of hemorrhoids, but people can make dietary adjustments to reduce their need to strain.

Including plenty of fiber-rich foods in the diet is generally beneficial. Plant fibers from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains help collect water in the stool, making it softer and easier to pass.

Supplementing the diet with soluble fiber, such as methylcellulose (Citrucel) or psyllium (Metamucil), may reduce constipation.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps ensure that the body has enough water for healthy digestion, which can also ease constipation.

Lifestyle

Making a few small lifestyle changes can help minimize the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Some tips include:

Spending too much time on the toilet can cause the blood to pool in the veins in the rectum or put unnecessary pressure on them.

While making dietary changes can reduce toilet time, people should also avoid taking a smartphone, newspaper, or book into the restroom.