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A 25-year-old female asked:

i have a prolapsed internal hemorrhoid, it is not painful anymore, i have no blood in my stools...with the right diet and water intake how long do they normally take to shrink...in my third week now...the pain stopped after a week or so so i do not think

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
About a week: Things should resolve in a week. Keed hydrated and keep up with your fibre- apples are in season, and great source of fiber.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
With/without meds?: With medication about 7 to 10 days, without meds ?.... Sometimes, an external hemorrhoid remains as a asymptomatic "skin tag".
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
It will be OK: Most of the time hemorrhoids do not need surgery, can be controlled with diet, fluids , avoiding constipation, and local treatments . You need to see your doctor, any rectal bleeding is not a hemorrhoid till confirmed by a physcian, as tumors could be missed( rare in your age).
Dr. Michael Sheehan
General Surgery 33 years experience
Usually 3-4 weeks : The thrombosed hemorrhoid has clotted blood in it which over time the body will break down and absorb it. The larger the thrombus( clot) the longer it takes. When it is resolved you should consider seeing a physician who could take care of this simply in the office setting by rubber banding technique or other simple office procedure . These are usually painless with very little down time.

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