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6 self-help tips for hemorrhoid flare-ups

Posted July 19, 2013, 3:33 pm , Updated November 05, 2015, 12:18 pm Daniel Pendick, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch Getting older has its benefits—and its drawbacks. Included in the latter are hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels on the outer rectum and anus can turn bowel movements into intensely painful experiences. Classic symptoms include rectal pain, itching, bleeding, and possibly prolapse (protrusion of hemorrhoids into the anal canal). Although hemorrhoids are…

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