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A 58-year-old male asked:

m58, i have external hemorrhoids, does it mean that there is high probability that i may have internal as well. thanks ?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: However, it doesn't matter exactly where the hemorrhoids are unless they are causing problems. There are many creams and suppositories to use, and many types of procedures to perform if they are very bothersome. Procedures are usually best done by a colorectal surgical specialist, or general surgeon with substantial experience.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are external hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Normal venous struct: External hemorrhoids are veins under the skin surrounding the external portion of the anus. They are covered with skin or epidermis. Internal hemorrhoids are internal or external if the have prolapsed but are covered by mucosa and not epidermis.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What causes external hemorrhoids and do they away on their own?

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Dr. Jeffrey Barke
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Pressure: External hemorrhoids are like varicose veins in your rear end. Often caused by constipation or straining (like a women having a baby.). Often resolve on their own. Treated by treating the underlying constipation (if present) warm baths, and local creams such as preparation h. Prescription meds are also available. See your family doc if not improving in a few days.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can external hemorrhoids get bigger if you sit too much?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: General sitting in a regular chair will not increase size of hemorrhoids, but prolonged sitting on a toilet seat or one of those inflatable donut cushions can cause hemorrhoids to sweel and become painful.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

How long do external hemorrhoids take to heal?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
How'd you get them?: "healing" depends on whether the original cause for hemorrhoids persists. Have you been straining at stool, have rectal dysfunction, perform an activity that increases pelvic engorgement with blood or increases pelvic pressure (heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, etc.)? Have your hemorrhoids been surgically or medically managed (& with otc or prescription drugs)? Too many variables here to know...
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can external hemorrhoids get bigger?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Hemorrhoids ate veins under the skin in the anal area. They become enlarged or irritated with constipation & sitting at the toilet straining too long. The veins can continue to enlarge with repeated irritation from constipation. Dink more water, eat more fiber (fruits & vegetables, metamucil).

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