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A 23-year-old male asked:

is there a difference between prescription anusol and the otc version (tucks)? i have internal hemorrhoids.

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Steroid: The prescription anusol should include a steroid component, hydrocortisone. This is an anti-inflammatory that speeds up healing.

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Does laser treatment work to remove external hemorrhoids?

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