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What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and a hemorrhoid?

What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and a hemorrhoid?

Different problems: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal causing pain and bleeding. An anal fistula is a tunnel from inside the anal canal out to the perianal skin. It may cause drainage, pain and swelling. There are internal hemorrhoids which may prolapse and cause bleeding, discomfort and itching, and external hemorrhoids which may cause pain or difficulty with cleaning. ...Read more

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Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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Please help! What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and hemorrhoid?

Please help! What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and hemorrhoid?

Different: Hemorroid--engorged blood hemorrhoidal blood vessel

fistula--connection between anal skin and inside your anus or rectum

fissure--skin tear. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease. How can I tell the difference between an anal fistula (had one surgically removed 10 years ago) and a hemorrhoid?

I have Crohn's disease. How can I tell the difference between an anal fistula (had one surgically removed 10 years ago) and a hemorrhoid?

You can not but: Your doctor can, due to training and experience. When crohn's disease involves anorectal area, recurrent fistulas, infections, pain, drainage, local infections are common, make the diagnosis difficult, tissue biopsy (pathology) is the only way to distinguish from other conditions. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

What are the differences between an anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

Very different: Hemorrhoids are veins that dilate in the rectum, can be internal or external. Fissure is a crack on the skin of the anal canal, cause severe pain when having a bowel movement. Fistula is a connection between the inside of the rectum and the skin surrounding the anus. Usually start as an abscess around the anal canal, very painful too ...Read more

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Which is the most effective surgery for piles and fistula?

Which is the most effective surgery for piles and fistula?

Nothing is 100%: Hemorrhoids and/or fistulas can be relatively easy or complex. When combined, they can present a complicated repair. Please seek a colorectal surgeon, who will be able to discuss all your options. However, if you run across a surgeon who offers 100% success, get up, walk away, and seek another professional. You never get 100% success or safety, in anything. Good luck. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed betanovate cream on my piles (fistula and freasure); Is this drug safe?

My doctor prescribed betanovate cream on my piles (fistula and freasure); Is this drug safe?

Hemmorhoids: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems
there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems.

Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well

it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter. ...Read more

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My father who is 52yr old has 4 degree piles operation 7months back and now he has fistula, what will be recovery time after operation?

My father who is 52yr old has 4 degree piles operation 7months back and now he has fistula, what will be recovery time after operation?

Please Ask Surgeon: This will come from the surgeon who does the procedure. There will be specific post operative instructions and clarifications based upon the actual surgery done. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed betanovate cream on my piles (fistula and freasure); is it safe?

Try Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream): Destin works well in my experience. It is commonly used for diaper rash. ...Read more

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How are fistulas different from hemorrhoids?

Not similar: Fistula is a tunnel caused by infection and not normal. Hemorrhoids are cushions that are part of normal anatomy that everyone has. ...Read more

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What is the distinction between anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

What is the distinction between anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

All different: An anal fissure is a small tear in the mucosa that lines the anus. An anal fistula is tract between the anal canal and the skin. A hemorrhoid is a 'varicose (dilated) vein" of the anal canal. ...Read more

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M58, an intern performed digital rectal examination in ER, this flared up hemorrhoids (hope he not made fistula).how to treat this, ?

Start with: One of the over the counter hemorrhoid creams. Use baby wipes to wipe. If that does not work you will have to talk to your doc for a prescription, ...Read more

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How to feel difference between hemorrhoids and polyp?

How to feel difference between hemorrhoids and polyp?

You cannot: Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell what you may have. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between hemorrhoids vs herpes?

Hemorrhoids - herpes: A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein at the anus or in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are deep to the anus. External hemorrhoids are outside of the anus. A hemorrhoid is a bump that can cause pain, bleeding ; may itch. Local symptoms from herpes simplex 2 infection consist of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can coalesce followed by crusting over. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

Examination: A hemorrhoid is an enlargement of the veins around the anus. This can be seen at the opening of the anus or may slightly internal to the opening of the anus. Prostate swelling is further in but is not related to the hemorrhoid and is not part of the colon. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

What's the difference between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

Different cell type: Colon polyps are benign or malignant growths of the cells of the inner lining of your GI tract (~20 feet long!), while hemorrhoids are located just in the last 2 inches of your rectum (your anus and anal canal). All polyps should be removed due to cancer potential, while you can live with hemorrhoids (although you may not want to :). ...Read more

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What's the difference between mild and severe hemorrhoids?

Subjective: The severity of the hemorrhoids is really your perception of them. Occassional pain and bleeding that only lasts a day or so are mild but symptoms that keep yopu from going to work or doing the activities you enjoy cqan be perceived as severe. Get them checked and treated properly. Enjoy life! ...Read more

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What's the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

Related: Around the anus.
There are some other skin tags-papillomas.
But around the anus, hemorrhoidal plexus with full veins can prolapse as "hemorrhoids" internal and external.
If clotted and dangling and not full veins may be called tags. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

Different conditions: Rectal prolapse involves the abnormal movement of the lining of the rectum to outside the anus. Hemorrhoid are dilated veins in the anus and rectum. Either condition may result in discomfort near the rectum or rectal bleeing. Rectal prolapse may require surgical treatment, hemmorrhoids can be treated with creams, placement of bands or surgery if severe. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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