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what are hemorrhoids?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Veins: Dilated veins in the annus.
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Swollen rectal veins: Great question. There is a lot of confusion regarding hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Sometimes referred to as "piles". All the same thing. The rectum and anus are the very end of the colon (see image). These swollen veins can bleed and cause considerable pain. Additionally, they can become infected. Medicine and surgery is effective.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Hemorrhoids : Hemorrhoids are blood clots in a vein or veins in the rectum. They are a very common human condition and can worsen with constipation or trauma. If they do not quickly go away there are creams or other medications to help them shrink and to not be so painful or itchy.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Hemmorhoids: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective.
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
General Surgery 31 years experience
Many things: Warm sitz baths, sitting in a warm tub for 20 minutes, two or three times a day may be helpful. Over-the-counter medications may be helpful such as stool softeners, otc creams or suppositories, rx creams or suppositories, injections to scar the hemorrhoid, banding to shrivel it up, or surgery. See your doctor.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Hemorrhoid: A hemorrhoid is a dilated vein that pops out about the anus and rectum. We tend to get hemorrhoids from straining at stool, which in turn results from inadequate water and fiber intake. Any increase in intra-abdominal pressure actually, from medical conditions to trauma to heavy lifting to pregnancy, can lead to hemorrhoids as well.
Dr. Philip Miller
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Seek medical: attention and exam.
Dr. Rachel Wagner
Family Medicine 20 years experience
To treat hemorrhoids: ingest 20 to 30 g of insoluble fiber per day and drink plenty of water (1.5 to 2 liters per day). Both are necessary to produce regular, soft stools, which reduce straining at defecation. It could take six weeks to fully realize the beneficial effect of fiber. Also ensure that you are exercising sufficiently and not sitting too much. Don’t linger on the toilet and eliminate fatty foods.
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
Home remedies/Exam: Mild pain, swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids generally responds to home remedies which includes eating a high fiber diet, topical over the counter hemorrhoid cream, warm baths or sitz baths, & oral pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil. If the discomfort continues or is severe you should have a medical exam at which time other treatments may be suggested. I wish you well with your health!

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How common are hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Very: Hemorrhoids are normal veins that everyone is born with. When they are symptomatic it is usually related to excessive straining, constipation, chronic diarrhea. Low fiber diets, excessive caffeine and our rushed lifestyles can contribute to making them symptomatic.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Pressure.: Too much pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal area causes hemorrhoids. Normally, tissue inside the anus fills with blood to help control bowel movements. If you strain to move stool, the increased pressure causes the veins in this tissue to swell and stretch. This can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids often develop in people with constipation, those who are overweight, or during pregnancy.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How are hemorrhoids treated?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Home treatment: For most hemorrhoids, home treatment is all you need. This includes slowly adding fiber to your meals, drinking more water, and using over-the-counter ointments for a limited time to stop itching. You also may use stool softeners. Surgery to remove hemorrhoids is generally reserved for when medical treatments fail, or if complications occur.
A 25-year-old male asked:

Medicene of hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Sitz baths with epson salts for acutely inflamed, painful swelling, stool softeners (colace) for prevention of hard stools, witch hazel impregnated wipes for itching, for example.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I'm looking for hemorrhoid remedies. How to cure hemorrhoids naturally?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Stay active: The best cure is prevention. Once you have hemorrhoids the best advice is to minimize them. Do not sit on the toilet for long periods. Keep your stool soft, stay well hydrated. Hemrid has witch hazel, biliberry, and horse chestnut. If it is working well then you probably would not be asking this question on health tap. If your hemorrhoids are interfering with a normal life tell your doctor.

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