Mine stay away as long as I take butchers broom. I can stop taking it for a while, but then slight constipation or diarrhea will make them angry and me miserable.
I've found straight witch hazel to help minimally with the swelling/itching, be mindful of alcohol in most brands. Pure aloe (topical) is supposed to be good for relief, and people still sing praises of the OTC Preparation-H.
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Hemorroids and rectal itching are 2 VERY distinctive signs of pin worms. You can purchase over the counter pyrantel (pin x) for the worms. You should read up on the treatment and lifecycle of these parasites.
If you are not already treating for parasites it would be a very good idea to consider that avenue. A lot of folks with chronic Lyme are finding they are infected with several different kinds of parasites. Google parasite symptoms.
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What helps me the most is Cortizone 10 cream. I always think I have worms or something worse yet when I use the cream (and I can always feel the bump of the hemorrhoid half in and half out), I realize that is what the itching is.
Hemorrhoids can also cause bleeding if you take pain pills because the pain pills can cause constipation. So don't freak out if you have constipation along with a little blood when you wipe.
At least that has been my experience for about a year now. I do have to say never take blood in your stool lightly but if it is bright red, it is probably your little friend, the hemorrhoid.