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are hemorrhoids transmitted genetically?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Probably not: However eating and drinking habits of parents are picked up by their children as they look to parents as role models and hence if parents had hemorrhoid issues, many times the offspring will as well. Seeing dad reading on the toilet for 30 minutes is thus considered normal when the children become adults. It is not normal nor good for the hemorrhoids.
Dr. Eduardo Krajewski
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 years experience
YES!: Hemorrhoids are part of your normal anatomy. You were born with them. As a matter of fact, we all have hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids don't constitute a disease unless symptomatic. What are the symptoms hemorrhoids can cause? Well, it depends on the type, but they can include bleeding, itching, discharge, pain, prolapse, anemia, anal lumps and swelling, etc. I hope this helps answering your question.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can piles cause bleeding?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: Piles are small collections of blood vessels under the skin near the rectum. They can enlarge in pregnancy and become pretty fragile. If they are traumatized, they can bleed a little. Usually this is spotting or a little blood in the toilet rather than a significant amount of blood. The best way to prevent this is to have soft, formed bowel movements.
A 22-year-old member asked:

My hemorrhoid is bleeding, can it become infected?

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Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Unlikely: Hemorrhoids only very rarely become infected, despite the presence of stool next to an open wound. This is a testament to the efficiency of the immune system in the rectum, specifically the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (galt). The more likely scenario of infection is the case of hemorrhoid strangulation, where the infection sets in when tissue dies. Thankfully, this is rare.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How effective is a sitz bath in relieving hemorrhoid symptoms?

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Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Moderately Effective: Sitz baths (sitting in warm water for about 20 minutes) can help relieve hemorrhoid flare-ups when they occur, but do not do much to correct the underlying problem.
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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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Got a bump when I poop. I don't think it's a hemorhoid, so what could it be?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Hemorrhoid or polyp?: "bumps" when having a bowel movement commonly are internal hemorrhoids that prolapse when straining. Sometimes a rectal polyp can prolapse as well, or even rectal tissue itself. Hemorrhoidal "tags" can also prolapse. This should be evaluated by a surgeon with either in office examination or even colonoscopy if there is blood on toilet paper during bowel movements.

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