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A 25-year-old member asked:

can you use external creams on internal hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Most prescription meds used to treat hemorrhoids can be used both internally and externally. I would be cautious of over the counter meds unless the label/instruction specifically approve for internal use.
Dr. Daniel Reichenbach
General Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Most come with an applicator to get the cream an inch or two inside the anus where internal hemorrhoids are located.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

On average, how long should it take for an internal hemorrhoid to heal with a rectal ointment?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Won't heal: The creams and treatments are usually symptomatic and don't "cure" internal hemorrhoids. Even with surgical removal or banding, they will most likely come back. The goal is to make them symptomatically tolerable and to avoid complications.
A 18-year-old member asked:

I was told I have a small internal hemorrhoid, I was given some foam stuff to insert inside of me but do they go away or will I always have them?

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Dr. Franklyn Farrell
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Low Fiber Diet: Hemorrhoids form because of an increase in the pressure inside your intestines that comes about because of low fiber in your diet. You need to take a fiber supplement every day for the rest of your life, or increase the fiber in your diet dramatically to get them to go away. Hope this helps.
A member asked:

I have a class IV internal hemorrhoid. What are my treatment options? Please provide as much info as possible.

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
4th degree internal : Hemorrhoids are best managed with surgical hemorrhoidectomy.
Fair Lawn, NJ
A 23-year-old male asked:

What foods to avoid and what foods to consume when you have an internal hemorrhoid?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Healthy eating: Consider staying away from foods with roughness such as nuts and seeds. Stick with smoother textured foods.
Fair Lawn, NJ
A 23-year-old male asked:

How long does an internal hemorrhoid last?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Life: Once you have a hermmorrhoid it stays there unless you remove it or get rid of it by banding. It is like a varicose vein in the legs. It may get larger or smaller but stay tgere.

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