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My father, afraid of a colonoscopy, did at-home FIT tests. He's had 4 tests - all positive. Blames non-bleeding hemorrhoids. Could this be the cause?

My father, afraid of a colonoscopy, did at-home FIT tests.  He's had 4 tests - all positive. Blames non-bleeding hemorrhoids. Could this be the cause?

Alternatives: Positive FIT test should be evaluated by a doctor. If your father does not wish to have colonoscopy, there are imaging alternatives that are similar to colonoscopy. With timely colonoscopy, colon cancer can be prevented in virtually all people. Even if your father refuses to have colonoscopy, he should still see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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How can I stop bleeding hemorrhoids?

How can I stop bleeding hemorrhoids?

Get Right Diagnosis: Not all rectal bleeding is hemorrhoids! most hemorrhoids (varicose veins of the anus) are soft, squishy tissue that may become more distended or protrude after straining or having a bowel movement. If torn with a bm or anal sex, they can bleed. But so can ulcerative colitis, crohns, benign tumors (polyps), or even cancer! you need to see a GI doc or colorectal surgeon for the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have painful, bleeding hemorrhoids. Is it okay to exercise?

I have painful, bleeding hemorrhoids. Is it okay to exercise?

Yes: Probably not biking, rowing, etc supine yoga, pilates, swimming where you are not sitting on the hemorrhoids. Get seen by general or colorectal surgeon. Be sure there are not other causes colon or rectal cancer, diverticulitis etc. ...Read more

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Dose the bleeding hemorrhoids have a foul smell? If not what could be causing the foul smell?

Dose the bleeding hemorrhoids have a foul smell? If not what could be causing the foul smell?

Are you sure it is: from the hemorrhoids? GI bleeding from other causes tends to be very foul smelling. How much blood are you passing? I would suggest you see your primary doctor for evaluation. If the bleeding is a lot, go to your local ER. You may need a colonoscopy as part of your evaluation. ...Read more

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I have very large and bleeding hemorrhoids since my 3rd child was born. Is surgery my only option?

See below: Some hemorrhoids can be treated with compounds such as preparation-h. If the hemorrhoids become lotted (very firm) surgery may be the only option. Talk to your surgeon about possible options for you. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for non-bleeding hemorrhoids?

Is there a natural cure for non-bleeding hemorrhoids?

Natural hemmorrhoids: Witch hazel is a common one, soak a cotton square and apply 3 times a day and after bm's. Increase fiber in diet to prevent them in the future. ...Read more

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What to do dir bleeding hemorrhoids?

See your doctor: A General Surgeon could clip/cut off hemorrhoids and perform a colonoscope to look for other issues. Please see your doctor for a referral to a surgeon. Good luck ...Read more

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How can I best take care of bleeding hemorrhoids?

Time works but...: Depends on what you have already tried. The first things are conservative including infcreasing fluid and fiber in diet to ensure that you bms are soft, losing weight, limiting the time sitting on the toilet. Flare ups are then treated with creams, ointments. If still a problem you could try banding and finally excision/ligatiom. Surgery is really the only definitive treatment for this. ...Read more

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Bleeding hemorrhoids, how long would they continue to bleed for?

Bleeding hemorrhoids, how long would they continue to bleed for?

Indefinite time: Bleeding can continue with continued hard stools. They can cause damage to the surface as well as cause pressure to build up internal to the hemorrhoid due to "pushing out" the hard stool. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more


Anal Swelling (Definition)

accumulation of fluid at the opening at the end ...Read more