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Can hemorrhoids get infected

A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
Surgery - Thoracic 36 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 21 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
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Not typically: Hemorrhoids do not tend to get infected, but they can, especially if they develop a clot.
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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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 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
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Unlikely: infected, it sounds like the clot (a hemorrhoid is a clotted vein) is resolving ! Hope this helps! Dr Z
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 24 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 35 years experience
One does not develop hemorrhoids from contact with infected toilets. It is highly unlikely to get HIV from public rest room. Best is to avoid them if... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 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.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
That commonly happens to everybody who has hemorrhoids but most do not have anal infection.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 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.
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