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What is rectal prolapse vs hemorroids and anal swelling?

What is rectal prolapse vs hemorroids and anal swelling?

Rectal prolapse: Is where the entire rectum protrudes through the anus, hemmoroids will just be individual bulges of dilated blood vessels. If there are multiple hemmorhoids the difference can be hard to feel and has to be seen by experienced eyes. ...Read more

Dr. Debora McClary
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Anal And Rectal Diseases (Definition)

Anal and rectal diseases are conditions that effect the bottom end of the digest tract, including the anus. These conditions may include hemorrhoids, cancer, warts, ...Read more


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Can anal sex cause internal hemorrhoids?

Can anal sex cause internal hemorrhoids?

Yes: Hemorrhoids are swollen tissue at the opening of the anus so i think you can see how the two might be related. Tissue injury --> swelling and pain. ...Read more

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Anal itching from pinworms vs. Hemorrhoids?

Anal itching from pinworms vs. Hemorrhoids?

It can actually: Be from either pinworms or hemorrhoids. Your physician should be able to help differentiate these. Take care. ...Read more

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Hx of fissures constipation and now anal pain and anal stricture?

Hx of fissures constipation and now anal pain and anal stricture?

Obviously you: Need fluid and fiber in your diet, but also need to talk w/your doctor and possible a GI or rectal surgeon. This can't be answered on the internet, only in person. ...Read more

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Im 22 with minor anal leakage after bowel movement with anal itching is anal leakage sign of colon cancer?

Im 22 with minor anal leakage after bowel movement with anal itching is anal leakage sign of colon cancer?

Doubtful: Although rectal/anal cancer can have some leakage issues, it's unlikely at your age. More common would be hemorrhoids causing leakage. Either way, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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Can anal vibrator cause rectal prolapse?

Can anal  vibrator cause rectal prolapse?

Possibly: I suspect it would be the (repeated) insertion and withdrawal that would lead to problems not the vibration. ...Read more

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Can anal masturbation cause proctitis?

Can anal masturbation cause proctitis?

Yes: Deep penetration with a hard object could certainly cause rectal injury and if recurrent could lead to some chronic inflammation. ...Read more

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What causes anal fissures?

What causes anal fissures?

Trauma.: Anal fissures are usually the result of trauma to the inner mucosal lining of the anus. Most commonly this occurs when the anal canal stretches after a hard, dry bowel movement. Other causes of a fissure include diarrhea or inflammatory conditions of the anal area. Less commonly, an anal fissure may result from foreign body insertion or anal intercourse. ...Read more

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Do pediatricians treat hemorrhoids and anal fissures?

Do pediatricians treat hemorrhoids and anal fissures?

Yes: In pediatrics both conditions are usually a result of constipation, which if treated properly will help the fissures and hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Can diarrhea cause anal fissures?

No: Anal fissures are almost always caused by constipation or anal distension (such as with anal intercourse or anal manipulation). Fissures can also be associated with hypertonic anal sphincter. The treatment centers around trying not to stretch the anus too much: stool softners, less aggressive sexual practices and sometimes relaxation of the anal sphincter by surgery or Botox injection. ...Read more

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What causes rectal itching?

What causes rectal itching?

Pruritis ani: Pruritis ani is an annoying itching, sometimes with burning, soreness, worse at night, in 1-5% of people (4x likelier in males). Treatment depends on causes: infection (fungal, parasitic, bacterial, std), local irritants (moisture, soaps, diet, drugs), dermatitis (psoriatic, atopic, seborrheic), cancer, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, rectal prolapse, fecal contamination (diarrhea, incontinence). ...Read more

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Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer ?

Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer ?

Not likely.: Anal cancer can result from chronic irritation from condyloma acuminata, perianal fissures/fistulae, chronic hemmorrhids, leukoplakia, and trauma from anal intercourse. This presents with a triad of bleeding, pain, and perianal mass. Anal fissures, by themselves, do not lead to cancer, but if they are caused by some chronic process (anal intercourse), the epithelium react and can become cancer. ...Read more

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Can fecal soiling/not cleaning well after bm cause irritation around outside/hairline of anus? Tiny blood, no fissure, itching. Doc said Pruritus Ani.

Can fecal soiling/not cleaning well after bm cause irritation around outside/hairline of anus? Tiny blood, no fissure, itching. Doc said Pruritus Ani.

Hygiene: Proper hygiene may help. Pruritis ani is an other way of saying itchy ass. You may help your cause by washing your bottom with water after every bowel movement and drying the skin with tissue paper. Use plain tissue paper without color or scent. If that helps you may wish to purchase a contraption like Toto Washlet to facilitate anal hygiene. ...Read more

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Can lichen sclerosus cause anal fissures?I have LS confirmed by biopsy on vulva & perineum with fissures but wondered if anal fissures are LS related?

Can lichen sclerosus cause anal fissures?I have LS confirmed by biopsy on vulva & perineum with fissures but wondered if anal fissures are LS related?

Probably not: I see a lot of people with anal fissures, but not one of them has had lichen sclerosis to my knowledge. The fissures are usually caused by constipation. Sometimes they improve spontaneously, sometimes they require a short operation. ...Read more

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Difference in hemorrhoids and anal herpes?

Infection vs veins: Hemorrhoids are dilated veins at the anus. Sort of analogous to varicose veins. Anal herpes would be an infection with a form of herpes virus. ...Read more

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Does anal sex lead to rectal prolapse?

Does anal sex lead to  rectal prolapse?

No: Pelvic prolapse, and, specifically, rectal prolapse, is much more likely caused by: pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, menopause, chronic cough (asthma), to name a few. ...Read more

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Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more


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Itching (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more