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how can you identify and treat hemorrhoids effectively and efficiently?

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Dr. STEPHEN GROBLER
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Proctoscopy: Specialist surgeon, colorectal or gastroenterologist will assess the anorectum externally and internally to determine to extent of haemorrhoids and tailor treatment , including bowel habit, to control prolapse and symtom

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can you explain what hemorrhoids are?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: They are normal structures that fill with blood when abdominal and pelvic pressure increases, serving as vascular cushions or shock absorbers to cushion the passage of stool. Excessive chronic straining is what generally causes them to become symptomatic.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you get medications for hemorrhoids at the drug store?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Can: Most over the counter hemorrhoid preps are just "band-aids" and usually won't work for long if at all. Patients need to determine the cause of their symptoms and correct that. The creams can help control symptoms during the treatment of the underlying cause, but they are not the long term answer to hemorrhoid symptoms.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can you shrink hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Minor hemorrhoids can be "shrunk" with proper diet and fluids, avoiding caffeine excess, and correcting diarrhea or constipation issues.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long do hemorrhoids last?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
A lifetime: Hemorrhoids are normal veins and serve as vascular cushions or shock absorbers. If you treat them properly they should last a lifetime and not require removal or treatment.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there any particular cause for the development of hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Straining to have BM: When the stool is small it requires more effort to pass. This bearing down effort to move stool is what causes the dilation of the hemorroidal veins. With chrnoic straiingn during bowel movement the veins get weaker and weaker and dilate more. A high fiber diet makes large soft stools that are easy to pass and hemorroids less likely to form.

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