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Can hemorrhoids get infected

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Moffa
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
No: Topical steroids used long term can thin the skin around the anus but won't damage the hemorrhoid. Actually i never use these creams because they don'... Read More

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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Possible but slight: virsuses can live outside the body for short period of time (like seconds, most article say < 10 seconds, ) but longer in damp conditions. So, very... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Unlikely: Hemorrhoids only very rarely become infected, despite the presence of stool next to an open wound. This is a testament to the efficiency of the immune... Read More
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Not typically: Hemorrhoids do not tend to get infected, but they can, especially if they develop a clot.
Dr. Scott Williamson
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: The excellent circulation to the rectum and the resulting delivery of infection fighting blood cells make hemorrhoid infections pretty rare. The itch... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Fever: You nave have fever, worsening pain, redness around the skin of the anus, and with serious infection the skin feels "crunchy". Any of these should pro... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Unlikely: infected, it sounds like the clot (a hemorrhoid is a clotted vein) is resolving ! Hope this helps! Dr Z
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Most likely: If you see yellow tip and pus, it is infected, unless the yellow is from the preparation h you've been applying on it. I suggest sitting on a warm bat... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See a doctor: If you are concerned about an infection, over the counter products will not be effective. If there is pus or infection, see a doctor for proper diagno... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Something else: Hemorrhoids don't get infected, believe it or not. I would have her see doc at this point for further history and physical exam.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, unusual but: Possible. It is a surgical emergency when this happens. If think you have an infection, you must see a doctor immediately.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Get it treated: Most likely you have prolapsed, non reducible hemorrhoids thrombosed and painful, go and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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