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Dr. Michael Moffa
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Does using hc 2.5 % cream thin the skin of hemorrhoids, allowing them to pop and get infected? Will neosporin help heal it if applied inside/around?

Does using hc 2.5 % cream thin the skin of hemorrhoids, allowing them to pop and get infected? Will neosporin help heal it if applied inside/around?

No: Topical steroids used long term can thin the skin around the anus but won't damage the hemorrhoid. Actually i never use these creams because they don't really do anything that time and avoidance of constipation with fiber doesn't do better. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more


Dr. Robert Fietsam
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I used a hemorrhoid cream from someone infected with genital herpes and when I took some out I put it in a toilet paper and applied it. Can I get herp?

I used a hemorrhoid cream from someone infected with genital herpes and when I took some out I put it in a toilet paper and applied it. Can I get herp?

Possible but slight: virsuses can live outside the body for short period of time (like seconds, most article say < 10 seconds, ) but longer in damp conditions. So, very unlikely unless your friend had just used the medication. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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How do i know if a hemorrhoid is infected?

 How do i know if a hemorrhoid is infected?

Fever: You nave have fever, worsening pain, redness around the skin of the anus, and with serious infection the skin feels "crunchy". Any of these should prompt an emergency exam by a qualified physician. If not, consider seeing your primary care doc to take a look anyway. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Williamson
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My hemorrhoid is bleeding, can it become infected?

My hemorrhoid is bleeding, can it become infected?

No: The excellent circulation to the rectum and the resulting delivery of infection fighting blood cells make hemorrhoid infections pretty rare. The itching and redness at the rectal opening is often complicated by yeast (monilial) colonization from the bowel. I've found the use of an antifungal (eg Clotrimazole which is over the counter) and some cortisone cream very helpful to get rid of the itch. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Woodworth
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I have a ext-hemorrhoid. For 2 weeks . I've been using preperation h for over a week. Now i see a yellow tip on it and yellow pus. Is it infected?

I have a ext-hemorrhoid. For 2 weeks .  I've been using preperation h for over a week.  Now i see a yellow tip on it and yellow pus. Is it infected?

Might be abscess: This may not be a hemorrhoid. Sounds more like a peri-anal abscess. Please see your doctor as this may need to be surgically drained. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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I have an infected hemorrhoid that leaks puss. Over the counter medication or go to the doctor?

See a doctor: If you are concerned about an infection, over the counter products will not be effective. If there is pus or infection, see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Does hemrroids get infected?

Yes, unusual but: Possible. It is a surgical emergency when this happens. If think you have an infection, you must see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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I have an infected hemroid?

I have an infected hemroid?

Get it treated: Most likely you have prolapsed, non reducible hemorrhoids thrombosed and painful, go and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Diane Minich
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