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A 18-year-old female asked:

can i pop and drain my hemorrhoids at home? if so what's the most sterile way to do so?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes and no: Leave it to a professional. There may be more there and you risk infection and incontinence.
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Absolutely not!: Best home treatment for hemorrhoid pain and swelling is sitz baths. Sprinkle epson salts in tub with room-temperature water and sit in it for 15 minutes. Repeat 4-6 times a day and after every bowel movement. Witch hazel in preph wipes helps with itching. See your doctor if no better.
Dr. Jay Stylman
General Surgery 38 years experience
Bad idea: While thrombosed hemorrhoids may open and drain themselves, it's probably a bad idea to drain them yourself. Most of them will shrink and improve if left alone; but if too painful, warm soaks or a visit to a physician are a much better alternative.
Dr. David Henry
General Surgery 12 years experience
No, that's dangerous: Hemorrhoids are made of dilated blood vessels in the anus. You shouldn't 'pop' them, because it could possibly lead to a lot of bleeding. If they cause pain or bleed by themselves, a surgeon can remove them. You can also increase your fiber intake and/or use laxatives (like over-the-counter miralax) to avoid constipation. There are also creams like preparation h.

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Are there natural hemorrhoids treatment options available?

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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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