Dr. Marc Brand discusses the downsides of over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatments.
I think there’s two main downsides. One is that it allows patients to treat themselves without seeking a diagnosis from a physician. And second is that patients who use steroid treatments and use those for long-term can actually sometimes thin and damage the skin.
About Dr. Marc I. Brand, M.D.:
Dr. Marc I. Brand, M.D., received his Bachelor’s Degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986 and graduated from Rush Medical College in 1990. Dr. Brand completed eight years of surgical training at the Cleveland Clinic, including a five-year residency in general surgery, a two-year fellowship in surgical research and a one-year fellowship in colorectal surgery.