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what to do if i have a hemerrhoid, what should i do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hemorroids: It is important not to make hemorrhoids worse. Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Cotton underwear is helpful as it absorbs moisture well. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel & warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. There are a number of over-the-counter medications that can used for anal itching, burning & pain. Preparation H is one of the more well known products. Oral Tylenol can also help.
Jul 12, 2014
Dr. Gerardo Garcia
General Surgery 33 years experience
Call your doctor: You should avoid constipation, hot spicy food, food base with tomatoes. High fiber diet with plenty of water. Warm sits bath 3 times a day for 10 days. Apply hemorrhoid cream after each bath. If the symptoms do not improve or get worse you should contact your family doctor.
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
General Surgery 39 years experience
Diet and exercise: Eating a balanced diet, rich in fiber, is one of the most effective lifestyle changes you can make for your hemorrhoids. A high-fiber diet, together with plenty of fluids, softens the stool and increases its bulk, which will help you avoid the straining that can cause hemorrhoids or worsen symptoms from existing hemorrhoids. Along with a healthy diet, exercise can help ease bowel movements.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does a hemmroid look like?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Protrusion from anus: An external hemorrhoid will present as a purplish protrusion from the anus. It may be very painful. It can be the size of one's tumb or smaller. Usually painful, it may be associated with itching, inability to clean one's self and cause general discomfort in the bottom. Usually treated with warm sitz baths, tipical products like cottom balls soaked in witch hazel, preparation h, and the like.
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How to treat hemmoroids?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
With respect: Hemorrhoids can often be treated with diet modification including fiber supplements and high fiber foods. Adequate hydration is important too. Sitz baths 2-3 times a day (soaking your bottom in warm water for 5-10 miniutes) can be helpful. Avoid straining and use stool softeners if necessary. Creams and suppositories can help and if all else fails, see a doctor to consider banding or surgery.
A 68-year-old member asked:

What is the most effective hemmoroid treatment?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Different: It depends on the symptoms and severity of those. If you experience bleeding from internal hemorrhoids, stool regulation, namely, prevention and treatment of constipation is paramount. Fiber supplement have been shown to reduce the rate of bleeding by ~75%. I like to use steroid preps such as anusol-hc or procofoam. If the above fail, i refer to surgery.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Does hemmroid cream elimitate the hemmroid?

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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
No: Most hemorrhoid preparations soothe or help relieve inflammation but don't make them go away. External hemorrhoids usually shrink over time into little tags; internal ones can swell up with straining or anything that increases pressure on the veins in the area.
A 39-year-old female asked:

How are hemmroids treated ?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Many: Topical agents for external hemorrhoids, suppositories for internal hemorrhoids, or surgery/banding if not successful.

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