Unless there is rectal bleeding, most people with hemorrhoids can diagnose and treat the problem themselves. If you have rectal bleeding, it is important for you to seek care from a physician, so that more dangerous causes of bleeding can be ruled out.
Painful hemorrhoid flare-ups can be a persistent problem, especially if you suffer from repeated episodes of constipation. Flare-ups are usually brief, and most symptoms disappear within a few days.
In pregnant women, hemorrhoids are often a temporary problem that either improves dramatically or disappears after childbirth.