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A 32-year-old male asked:

What can i do for external hemorrhoids to heal. it's really really painful. i got them when 2 days ago preparing for colonoscopy. still following a liquid diet because of fear of bowel movements pain.

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Keep the area clean. Cold packs sometimes help. Avoid sitting directly on your bottom with an inflatable donut. There are suppositories that are helpful but need to be prescribed. Keep your stool soft with a diet high in fibre and a stool softener. All the best.
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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
See below: The pain is due to a small blood clot (thrombosis) in the hemorrhoid. The pain may last for 4-7 days and gradually the clot disappears. Immediate relief for the pain can be had by the physician making a small incision(using local anesthetic) in the hemorrhoid releasing the clot. Topical hydrocortisone/lidocaine cream can help the pain.OTC products with 5% Lidocaine and hydrocortisone are available
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Dr. Deborah McGregor
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
Small, warm enema: Consider a warm water enema to ease the initial pain of the bowel movement. The warm water helps sooth the hemorrhoids, relaxes the sphincter muscles around the anus and thus lessens the anxiety about pain. This relaxes the entire voiding experience. Keep your enema bulb nearby to help with the inevitable gaseousness. Congratulations on completing your colonoscopy!
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Last updated Jun 12, 2018

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