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how can i treat hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Diet and fluids: In general eating a high fiber diet and more importantly, drinking 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluid per day, more if excercising vigorously, should be adequate enough to keep your hemorrhoids quiet. If in doubt or not successful instituting above, get them checked by a colorectal surgeon.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Conservative mgmt: Conservative management (non surgical) includes things like: sitz baths 2x/day, balneol lotion, wet wipes, calmol 4 rectal suppositories 2x/d-all for 7-10 days. Avoid constipation, use a stool softener if needed, avoid spicy foods (if it burns on the way in, it burns on the way out), coffee, alcohol, tobacco. Frequent, ongoing, or recurr symptoms, e.g. Pain, bleeding, lump- see colorectal surgeon.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Can control & relief: by good healthy balanced high fibre diet , plenty of fluids , local care and stool softners , will give relief in most of the times.
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Various: Numbing cream may help. Surgery may be needed. Proper diet may reduce their incidence. Spending less time on the toilet may also help. Less straining helps.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Maybe not hemorrhoid: Are you sure you have just hemorrhoids? Pain +/- pruritis (itching) from the rectum that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.), prctalgia fugax. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's), circumstances, please seek evaluation to be certain.

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Are proctologists specialized surgeons that only treat hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
No: An old term. Most are colorectal surgeons who treat all diseases of the colon and rectum. Ansl and abdominal surgery. Colonoscopy.
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Can gastroenterologists treat hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, most docs can: Most hemorrhoids should first be treated by conservative measures, such as bulking the stools, education to avoid bad habits like straining, sitting for long periods of time, etc. Otc creams and suppositories, sitz baths are also helpful-and cheap! the full array of treatments for hemorrhoids are available from most general surgeons, or colon & rectal specialists if available in your area.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

How can u treat hemorrhoids at home?

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Time works but...: Depends on what you have already tried. The first things are conservative including increasing fluid and fiber in diet to ensure that you bms are soft, losing weight, limiting the time sitting on the toilet. Flare ups are then treated with creams, ointments. If still a problem you could try banding and finally excision/ligation. Surgery is the last, definitive treatment for this.
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How do you treat piles / hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Veins: Hemorrhoids are normal veins in the anal canal. They can become inflamed or enlarged with constipation or prolonged and repeated straining to have a bowel movement. Treated at home by avoiding constipation, drink plenty of liquids, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid junk foods. See a surgeon if symptoms persist.
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What are ways to treat hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Hemorrhoids: For prevention eat enough fiber and drink adequate fluids. If needed take a daily stool softener or even one with a gentle stimulant like senokot (senna). For itching, apply a cortisone type cream as needed. For irritated hemorrhoids,apply anusol ointment. For painful and thrombosed ones, apply hot sitz baths and consult a proctologist or colon-rectal surgeon. Bleeding ones also require the same specialis

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