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Expected Duration

Hemorrhoid flare-ups (swelling, irritation and mild discomfort) are usually brief, and most symptoms disappear within a few days.

In pregnant women, hemorrhoid symptoms usually improve dramatically or disappear after childbirth.

Intermittent slight bleeding from hemorrhoids may carry on for months or years.

Painful swelling from thrombosis of an external hemorrhoid usually resolves over a period of days to weeks.

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