Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of hemorrhoids?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Kyle R Perry, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Psyllium seed significantly decreases bleeding and pain compared with placebo. Psyllium seed (Metamucil) and methylcellulose (Citrucel) are the most commonly used supplements. The average American diet consists of 8-15 g of fiber per day; a high-fiber diet includes more than 25 g of fiber per day. Many hemorrhoidal symptoms resolve only when they are treated with dietary alterations, including increased fiber and the addition of fiber supplements.


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