How Long Do Haemorrhoids Last if Untreated?

Haemorrhoids, commonly known as piles, are generally always there once they have occurred. That’s said they wax and wane in their size and appearance and also in the symptoms they cause. There is no set time period for how long haemorrhoids can be symptomatic and in some cases, treatment will be required to get rid of them completely.

Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about treating haemorrhoids and how you can cure them completely.

Is it dangerous to leave haemorrhoids untreated?

Haemorrhoids are almost never dangerous to your health. Even large, severe haemorrhoids won’t typically pose a risk to your health. However in some cases if they aren’t treated, they could lead to complications.

Some complications of untreated haemorrhoids include:

  • Anaemia
  • Skin tags
  • Strangulated haemorrhoid

In some cases haemorrhoids can cause bleeding. If you notice any bleeding coming from your anus, you should get it looked into as soon as possible. While it isn’t necessarily something to be concerned about, it could be a sign that something else is wrong and it is important to exclude the more serious causes of rectal bleeding. Rarely haemorrhoids can lead to anaemia but once again if you are anaemic with rectal bleeding you will need further evaluation by a specialist.

In a small number of cases, the haemorrhoid may become strangulated. This occurs with prolapsed haemorrhoids, and it can lead to a loss of blood flow in the area. Strangulated haemorrhoids whilst not serious in themselves can be extremely painful. If it does occur then you are best seeking advice either from either your GP or a specialist as there are things that can be done to alleviate the pain whilst the process settles. Very rarely surgery is indicated in the emergency setting but actually most strangulated haemorrhoids settle within 7 to 10 days. The haemorrhoid then has gone but you may be left with a small skin tag.

How to cure haemorrhoids permanently?

If you want to cure piles permanently, there are several treatment options available.

Firstly, you should seek advice from your doctor or a specialist. They may recommend introducing lifestyle changes such as eating more high-fibre foods, or increasing your intake of water. Medications may also be prescribed, such as pain relief, or topical (ointment) treatments.

In severe cases, you may need to undergo a procedure to get rid of the haemorrhoid once and for all. There are many such procedures of which some can be done in the clinic room whilst others require an operation of some type. What procedure is best depends on the haemorrhoids, the patient wishes and the goals of treatment.

To find out which if any treatment is most suitable to you book a consultation with Mr Michael Stellakis today.