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A 33-year-old member asked:

how do hemorrhoids typically develop?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: Hemorrhoids are normal veins that can cause symptoms if you are abusing them with constipation, diarrhea or excessive straining.
Dr. John Eckford
General Surgery 19 years experience
Constipation: Risk factors for hemorrhoids generally related to constipation or frequent diarrhea, prolonged sitting especially on the toilet, and obesity.

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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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