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A 37-year-old member asked:

can you tell me how long does an external hemorrhoid take to heal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Hard to say: What some people call an external hemorrhoid is actually a skin tag. When a hemorrhoid (vein in the rectum) becomes distended, it can distend external skin. This sometimes shrinks back down, but sometimes leaves redundant skin that remains. If the external swelling is recent, it should shrink down as much as it is going to within 2-3 months at the most.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

What does an external hemorrhoid look like?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: If it is just swollen, it may look just like a boil and be red and tender near anus, if it is thrombosed it will be even more tender and appear as a dark purple grape near the anus. If you have either, get it checked by an expert.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What happens you get a external hemorrhoid banded?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Painful: There are internal & external hemorrhoids. Internal ones can be banded because there are no skin nerve pain fibers, as compared to external ones. External ones have skin pain nerve fibers & would not be comfortable to band those. Banding internal hemorrhoids may make the external ones resolve if they are not too large.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of an external hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 20 years experience
Tissue protruding: External hemorrhoids are swollen hemorrhoidal pads that a person may feel bulge out when straining to have a bowel movement. They may cause pain and may bleed. Treatment starts with preventing hard stools with stool softeners and fiber supplements. See a doctor or surgeon for more accurate diagnosis and treatment after an exam.
A 37-year-old member asked:

External hemorrhoid home treatment suggestions?

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Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 20 years experience
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): The first line treatment for hemorrhoids is actually making sure that no hard stools are passing by the swollen hemorrhoidal tissue and causing more trauma and inflammation. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and generic MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) works well for most people to make the stool soft and allow healing of the hemorrhoids. If that doesn't solve the problem or if there is any bleeding then go see a surgeon for further treatment.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

As per symptoms it seems I am suffering from external hemorrhoid and seek your advice for treatment and related precautions?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
You need exam: Need exam by your doctor to make sure it is external hemorrhoid not some thing serious. Can leave them alone if they don't bother you but they will soil underwear, inflame irritate &cause pain, do not disappear on their own with ointments as they are large skin tags with out some surgical procedure (along with internal hemorrhoids )..

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