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what does a hemorrhoid look like?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: External hemorrhoids are swollen tissue around the anus pink or red and soft but twender to touch. If it thomboses or clots, pain is increased and it will have apurple color and be firm/hard to the touch. If not sure what the swelling is, get an expert to evaluate and offer treatment options.
Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 23 years experience
Google images: Go to www.Google.Com, search for hemorrhoids, and click on the images tab at the top of your browser. There are lots of pictures of different types of hemorrhoids there.

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How can I alleviate piles?

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Avoid constipation: Eat fresh whole foods, grains, vegetables, fruits. Drink 6-8 glasses of plain water a day in addition to any other beverages you may be consuming. Brisk walk daily, 30 mins at least. Have a warm glass of water first thing in the morning. Avoid more than 1-2 cups caffeine/day, processed foods, white flour, excess cheese. Maintain a regular and consistent routine for meal times.
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Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce a hemorrhoid outbreak?

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Depends: If you have a hemorrhoid problem and are helped by over the counter meds, you probably do not have a serious hemorrhoid problem. Prescription hemorrhoid meds help, but there is no substitute for proper dieet and fluid intake to treat or prevent hemorrhoid symptoms.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you have more than one hemorrhoid at a time?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Everyone has 3 internal hemorrhoids and numerous external hemorrhoidal veins. Any combination can involve either/or both internal and external hemorrhoids. Please get it checked by a specialist if you have concerns.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to use hemorrhoid medication even if you're unsure that it is a hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Short term treatment is ok, but if they dont respond or keep recurring they should be thoroughly evaluated to be sure you have the correct diagnosis. Too many people self treat for years only to find out too late that they have been treating a rectal or anal cancer with hemorrhoid creams. They dont work for cancer!
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What is the best hemorhoid treatment?

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Dr. Jason Bodzin
General Surgery 51 years experience
Short stay bathroom: Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining at he stool for prolonged times. The simple way to get rid of them is to not read magazines or similar activities while on the toilet. 1-2 minutes should be enough. If the hemorrhoids are caused by pregnancy, they should disappear or become asymptomatic after delivery. The main treatment is to avoid straining.

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