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A 46-year-old female asked:

I have several external hemmorroids right on the anus. they have not bled and for the most part don't hurt. can they be removed safely?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Maybe: Symptoms such as bleeding, pain, itching, and difficulty with hygiene are usually caused by internal, not external, hemorrhoids. If you have no symptoms, the issue is a cosmetic one. I generally do not recommend removing external hemorrhoids because this can result in complications. Easiest to remove if the external hemorrhoid is connected by a narrow stalk, more difficult if broad based.
Dr. Nicole Basa
General Surgery 22 years experience
Skin Tags: You may have anal skin tags which are external hemorrhoids that have reabsorbed. If they are not bleeding, not painful and do not prevent you from being clean after a bowel movement you do not have to do anything about them.
Last updated Nov 2, 2015

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