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A 37-year-old member asked:

can you advise on where do hemorrhoids come from?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Variety of causes: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that exist under the lining of the rectum and anus. The primary cause of hemorrhoids is increased abdominal pressure, from chronic constipation, prolonged sitting, pregnancy and in some cases, from other diseases, such as liver disease. They are generally fleshy and soft but cause discomfort when engorged and pain if there is acute thrombosis or clotting of the vei.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there natural hemorrhoids treatment options available?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids taken consistently and compensation for increased activity and certain meds is the most natural way to treat hemorrhoids.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you get hemorrhoids by sitting on cold concrete?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
No: Hemorrhoids are normal veins. They may cause symptoms from diarrhea or constipation, or from excessive repetetive straining. Treat the cause first and the hemorrhoids will respond.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can you shrink hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Minor hemorrhoids can be "shrunk" with proper diet and fluids, avoiding caffeine excess, and correcting diarrhea or constipation issues.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long do hemorrhoids last?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
A lifetime: Hemorrhoids are normal veins and serve as vascular cushions or shock absorbers. If you treat them properly they should last a lifetime and not require removal or treatment.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the distinction between thrombosed and strangled hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Thrombosed is usually involving external hemorrhoids, and result from vein rupture and leakage of blood under the skin which then clots or thromboses causing pain and swelling and rarely bleeding. Strangulated hemorrhoids refers to interrnal hemorrhoids that have prolapsed to the outside and then been "strangulated by the sphincter muscles and can then often thrombose as well, leading to pain and.

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