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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer
Specializes in Surgery - Vascular
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 44-year-old member asked:

How much time does an external hemorrhoid take to heal?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Abdelkader Hawasli
Surgery 44 years experience
Depends on type: There are different type of hemorrhoidectomies. The traditional type will take 4-6 weeks of pain especially when having a bowel movement. While the minimally invasive Staple hemorrhoidectomy is painless and done as out patient. The laser or infra-red spot welding usually not painful nor is the rubber banding for the internal hemorrhoid only.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does hemorrhoid take to heal if treat all that causes it?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 34 years experience
Get Right Diagnosis: Most hemorrhoids (varicose veins of anus) are soft, squishy tissue that stretch after straining/having a bm: no pain. If a hemorrhoid becomes firm, enlarged, and tender, it may thrombose (clot). This is treated without surgery w/pain meds and time. Any painful anal lump that is present all the time, however, requires medical attention to assure that the right diagnosis & treatment. Good luck!
A 49-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for an external hemorrhoid to resolve / go away?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Antony Joseph
General Surgery 21 years experience
Difficult to say: External hemorrhoid can persist for a long time, and they are usually asymptomatic except for the fact it is there. Leave it alone if it doesnt bother otherwise a surgeon can excise it under local anesthesia.
A 40-year-old female asked:

How long do piles take to heal?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 39 years experience
Generally resolves: Piles is another term for hemorrhoids which are collections of inflamed tissue located in the anal canal. They are caused by increased pressure in the lower rectum. Piles normally resolve on their own after just a few days. There are treatments which can help significantly decrease the discomfort and itching that many people experience with piles, including eating more fiber & drinking more water.
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 41 years experience
Provided original answer
There are also over the counter meds that can help with the symptoms of piles. Only very rarely people with piles will end up needing surgery. I wish you well with your health!
Apr 29, 2019
Last updated Jun 19, 2020
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