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A 17-year-old female asked:

My external hemorrhoid bleeds slightly but it doesn't hurt during bowel movement so i dont use stool softeners. it just stings when i apply the ointment. it's been there for around 5 days now. how do i get the bleeding to stop?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Sitting less and for shorter time helps to lessen the engorgement of a hemorrhoid. Stool softeners "lubricate" the stool, while fiber helps to bulk-up the stool to retain water and encourage better propulsion through the GI system. Bleeding is common with engorgement, straining to defecate and wiping too aggressively with rough paper. Use soft paper and clean gently to avoid bleeding.
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