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how to eliminate hemorrhoids ?

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Dr. Douglas Purdy
Gastroenterology 33 years experience
Rarely need to.: First, see your doctor to make sure your problem really is hemorrhoids.Serious problems are frequently blamed on "hemorrhoids". Hemorrhoids can usually be treated medically by avoiding constipation and avoiding straning with a bowel movement. If pain/itching present, try soaking in tub. If not better they can be removed by different methods (band ligation or surgery) but i rarely recommend these.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
No good tx: 1st dietary and lifestyle modification: fiber, fluids, grade 1 hemorrhoids, adjunt, topical corticosteroids, grade 2 prolapsing internal hemorrhoids plus rubber band ligation or sclerotherapy or infrared photocoagulation or hemorrhoid arterial ligation or stapled hemorrhoidopexy grade 3 prolapsing internal hemorrhoids plus rubber band ligation. Gde 4 internal, external, or mixed ...Surgery. Part 2.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Care of hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are a dilation and swelling of the expandable tissue around the rectal opening. Non operative treatment includes a bowel regimen (fiber, stool softeners, laxatives to goal of 2 soft bowel movements daily) local salves (prep h, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) anti fungals) and hygiene (shower, hair dryer area daily). Surgery only if above fails.

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