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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


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Will going back to work one week after hemorrhoid surgery affect my recovery time?

Will going back to work one week after hemorrhoid surgery affect my recovery time?

Usually not: Unless you job requires prolonged standing or heavy lifting (over 25 pounds) going back to work in a week should be okay. You can help the doctor determine by how you feel and your knowledge of what the job requires. You may still have a sense of urgency, so the availability of toilet facilities may also detern=mine how soon you return to work. ...Read more

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I have a bad case of hemorrhoids. I can see and feel them. I've had them before, but this time I have a lot of mucus. Could this be more?

Could be: The symptoms you've described could well be due to hemorrhoids, but there are other possibilities as well. If this is an ongoing problem, you should see a colorectal surgeon who can diagnose the problem and explain your options. ...Read more

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Can internal hemorrhoids more and other issues than external ones if left untreated? My dr diagnosed my ext hemorrhoids only by sight and didn't chec

Hemorrhoids vary: Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of our anus. They can be inside or outside. They can arise from lots of different things, but genetics plays a role. Some hemorrhoids gradually enlarge, and internal ones may bleed or "fall out" with the need to push them back in. Surgery may be justified then. External ones are just a nuisance for hygiene --> trapped stool causes itching. Talk with your dr. ...Read more

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Have internal hemorrhoid last 2 days and have noticed stool is flat on one side during this time. Is that normal for hemorroids to cause this?

Have internal hemorrhoid last 2 days and have noticed stool is flat on one side during this time. Is that normal for hemorroids to cause this?

No: We are born with hemorrhoid tissue and there are 3 that each have an internal and external component. They are soft and really should not affect the stool or its shape. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hemorrhoids earlier this summer. More than 75% of the time when I go for a vigorous 1-hour walk, I have bleeding. What can I do?

I was diagnosed with hemorrhoids earlier this summer.  More than 75% of the time when I go for a vigorous 1-hour walk, I have bleeding.  What can I do?

A little experiment: External hemorrhoids are no fun! Exercising to shed weight & enhance blood circulation will definitely help but we've got to protect those exposed blood vessels from friction. 1st, clean thoroughly with soap & water or hygiene wipes. 2nd, experiment with lubricants: coat generously with A&D, Bag Balm, Lanolin, Triple Paste, or even Active-Flex Band-Aid Blister Block. Tell us what works best! ...Read more

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My hemorrhoids went away by diet a gumball sized one popped up last night more painful than yrs I've dealt with them can't afford doc visit?

My hemorrhoids went away by diet a gumball sized one popped up last night more painful than yrs I've dealt with them can't afford doc visit?

Hemorrhoid : You might have a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which can be very painful. A perirectal abscess can also give you similar symptoms. You should be evaluated by a physician. Sitz baths in the mean time can help with the discomfort. ...Read more

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My hemorrhoids went away by diet a gumball sized one popped up last night more painful than yrs I've dealt with them can't afford doc visit ?

My hemorrhoids went away by diet a gumball sized one popped up last night more painful than yrs I've dealt with them can't afford doc visit

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Hemorrhoid : You might have a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which can be very painful. A perirectal abscess can also give you similar symptoms. You should be evaluated by a physician. Sitz baths in the mean time can help with the discomfort. ...Read more

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For a doctor that knows about hemorrhoids. So I get hemorrhoids like 2-5 times each year. Well I got a little rash on one side of my butt cheeks. It is not really bad, however it itches. I did a little research and read that it could have been caused from

For a doctor that knows about hemorrhoids. So I get hemorrhoids like 2-5 times each year. Well I got a little rash on one side of my butt cheeks. It is not really bad, however it itches. I did a little research and read that it could have been caused from

Hemorrhoids : Hemorrhoids are a common problem, which result from increased pressure in the veins of the anus causing the veins to swell, making them itchy and painful (particularly if the hemorrhoid clots, also known as thrombosis). Occasionally bright red blood on toilet tissue, stool, or in the toilet bowl can be seen, particularly after passage of a hard stool. The most common cause is straining during bowel movements due to constipation. Hemorrhoid can also be a manifestation of more serious disease, such as liver cirrhosis.

Hemorrhoids may exist either inside or outside the body — internal hemorrhoids occur just inside the anus, at the beginning of the rectum, whereas external hemorrhoids occur at the anal opening and may hang outside the anus, these can be detected by examining the anal area to see if tissue is protruding outside of the anus.

I am not sure that the rash you describe is due to hemorrhoids. While you don't state whether the rash is painful, raised or warm (which would more indicate the presence of an infection), I would guess that the irritation is due to non-specific inflammation. The intensity of anal itching and the amount of inflammation increases from the direct trauma of scratching and the presence of moisture. At its most intense, anal itching causes intolerable discomfort that often is described as burning and soreness.

Anal itching can be caused by irritating chemicals in the foods we eat, such as are found in spices, hot sauces, and peppers. In addition, continuous moisture in the anus can be worsened by caused by frequent liquid stools, diarrhea, or escape of small amounts of stool (incontinence). Moisture increases the possibility of infections of the anus, especially yeast, particularly in patients with diabetes mellitus.

I would suggest that you take a shower or bath every day, dry the area very carefully. To that you can add astringents, which promotes dryness of the skin, which in turn helps relieve burning, itching, and pain. Examples of astringents include: calamine 5% to 25% zinc oxide 5% to 25% (calmol 4, nupercainal, tronolane), witch hazel 10% to 50% (fleet medicated, tucks, witch hazel hemorrhoidal pads)

Analgesic products are local anesthetic products, relieve pain, itching, and burning by depressing receptors on pain nerves. Examples of analgesics include: menthol 0.1% to 1.0% (greater than 1.0% is not recommended), camphor 0.1% to 3% (greater than 3% is not recommended), juniper tar 1% to 5%. Lastly, corticosteroids reduce inflammation and can relieve itching, but should not be used for more than short periods of a few days to two weeks. Only products with weak corticosteroid effects are available over-the-counter should be used. ...Read more

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Red blood in toilet twice yesterday. One small movement in between did not have blood. Passed hard stools a couple times last week. Hemorrhoids?

Red blood in toilet twice yesterday. One small movement in between did not have blood. Passed hard stools a couple times last week. Hemorrhoids?

Possibly: Without an exam of your rectum it's hard to say but having some blood in your still could be hemorrhoids, fissures and sometimes cancer. I would see your doctor for a more complete history and exam. Good luck ...Read more

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Loose watery stool 3-5 times a day or more. Looks like rotten wood mixed with raw egg white and small amounts of blood... I'm on blood thinners and have internal hemorrhoid so that could be the reason for blood. Been going on for 6 weeks almost daily?

Loose watery stool 3-5 times a day or more. Looks like rotten wood mixed with raw egg white and small amounts of blood... I'm on blood thinners and have internal hemorrhoid so that could be the reason for blood. Been going on for 6 weeks almost daily?

Time to see your Dr.: Stop putting off seeing a physician. You need a stool culture for enteric bacterial pathogens and a microscopic exam for ova and parasites as you may have an infection of the gut that needs treatment. Inflammatory bowel disease is another possibility and you may need a flex sig or colonoscopy if the stool cultures and parasite tests are negative. Please see your physician. ...Read more

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Bright red blood in stool one time. Rectal exam showed no evidence of internal or external hemorrhoids. No pain. Drank 3 beers previous night. 30 yrs.

Bright red blood in stool one time. Rectal exam showed no evidence of internal or external hemorrhoids. No pain. Drank 3 beers previous night. 30 yrs.

Need further eval: 3 beers should have nothing to do with having rectal bleeding, but are at the upper limit of what is considered a safe drinking range for women (4 or fewer and average of 1 or less drink per day). If a rectal exam did not show any cause, it would be prudent to get a referral to a GI specialist to see if they felt that a proctoscopy or colonoscopy was indicated, depending on personal/family history. ...Read more

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How should one take care of an internal hemorrhoid?

How should one take care of an internal hemorrhoid?

See below: You may be able to avoid irritating the internal hemorrhoids. Drink plenty of liquids, eat high fiberr foods like fruits & vegetables, take fiber supplements like metamucil, avoid constipation and straining or sitting too long at the toilet. Suppositories may relieve a little. See a surgeon for possible hemorrhoid banding procedure if persistent problems. ...Read more

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Why do hemorrhoids itch more at night?

Why do hemorrhoids itch more at night?

More aware: Typically, ur up and doing stuff which can aggravate hemorrhoids at the end of the. Or, ur simply "distracted" but daily stuff and when u lay down, u can focus more on ur body. ...Read more

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Are men or women more susceptible to hemorrhoids?

Are men or women more susceptible to hemorrhoids?

Tossup: This one is a toss-up. Women are more prone to hemorrhoids because of pregnancy. This causes dilatation of the hemorrhoidal veins. Men who are overweight, drink excessively, or have jobs requiring lots of sitting are prone to hemorrhoids. I've seen the frequency roughly equal in my practice. ...Read more

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I have had hemorrhoids for a month or more already?

Agree w Dr. Cribari: Is important not to make hemorrhoids worse. Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Cotton underwear is helpful as it absorbs moisture well. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough. ...Read more

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For what length of time do hemorrhoids take to heal?

For what length of time do hemorrhoids take to heal?

Veins: Hemorrhoids are normal veins in the anal canal. They can become inflamed or enlarged with constipation or prolonged and repeated straining to have a bowel movement. The veins may become less irritated by avoiding constipation, drink plenty of liquids, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid junk foods. ...Read more

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How much time does an external hemorrhoid take to heal?

How much time does an external hemorrhoid take to heal?

Depends on type: There are different type of hemorrhoidectomies. The traditional type will take 4-6 weeks of pain especially when having a bowel movement. While the minimally invasive Staple hemorrhoidectomy is painless and done as out patient. The laser or infra-red spot welding usually not painful nor is the rubber banding for the internal hemorrhoid only. ...Read more

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For what length of time do hemorrhoids take to go away?

For what length of time do hemorrhoids take to go away?

No one answer: If you increase the water and fiber intake it will help. Constipation is one thing that can make hemorrhoids stay longer. Warm water sitz baths can help. How long, it if you can do these things, it might be shorter than if you did not. ...Read more