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A 44-year-old member asked:

can you get medications for hemorrhoids at the drug store?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Can: Most over the counter hemorrhoid preps are just "band-aids" and usually won't work for long if at all. Patients need to determine the cause of their symptoms and correct that. The creams can help control symptoms during the treatment of the underlying cause, but they are not the long term answer to hemorrhoid symptoms.
Dr. Chand Rohatgi
General Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: There are many over the counter salve/medicated creams available ; your pharmacist could help you but you should seek medical opinion if not improved.

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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.
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My hemorrhoid is bleeding, can it become infected?

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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.
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Are there natural hemorrhoids treatment options available?

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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
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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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