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my hemorrhoid is bleeding, can it become infected?

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Dr. David Gutman
19 years experience Internal Medicine
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 system in the rectum, specifically the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (galt). The more likely scenario of infection is the case of hemorrhoid strangulation, where the infection sets in when tissue dies. Thankfully, this is rare.
Answered on Oct 4, 2017
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
24 years experience Family Medicine
Not typically: Hemorrhoids do not tend to get infected, but they can, especially if they develop a clot.
Answered on Mar 11, 2017
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 itching and redness at the rectal opening is often complicated by yeast (monilial) colonization from the bowel. I've found the use of an antifungal (eg Clotrimazole which is over the counter) and some cortisone cream very helpful to get rid of the itch.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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