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A 34-year-old male asked:

I have been feeling some anal pain for around 5 days, after having had anal sex. i assumed initially that it was hemorrhoids, but could also be fissures. it doesn't seem to get better. i was wondering whether i should wait longer or see a dr now?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends: It depends on severity of pain, and whether there are any signs or symptoms or possibility of a sexually transmitted disease. “If” the pain is mild and your partner used a condom, then it is reasonable to wait a few more days before seeing your Dr, but if there is a possibility of an STD, the sooner you treat it the better. if you cannot see a hemorrhoid, thenI wouldn’t assume that’s what it is.

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