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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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I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have a big external hemorrhoids, what pain medication or suppository can I take? Tucks (witch hazel) and preparation H don't help at all

I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have a big external hemorrhoids, what pain medication or suppository can I take? Tucks (witch hazel) and preparation H don't help at all

May need surgery: See your doctor to evaluate it. Sometime external henmorrhoids (if thrombosed or clotted) need surgery to relieve the pressure and the pain. ...Read more

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Do you have any medications for hemorrhoids?

Do you have any medications for hemorrhoids?

Burning and itching: Hemorrhoid symptoms range from mild discomfort to burning, itching, bleeding, pressure, mass or lump in the perianal area. Symptom managed with shower, hairdryer entire area, creams, antifungals, and Lidocaine gels applied locally. More severe pain, bleeding may be a fissure. A bowel regimen, laxatives, fiber, increased dietary liquids, probiotics to achieve 2 soft stools daily. ...Read more

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What medication should I buy for hemorrhoids?

What medication should I buy for hemorrhoids?

May need surgery: Sufficiently large hemorrhoids may need to be treated surgically. See a general surgeon first for a physical examination or discuss with our gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids heal without medication?

Can hemorrhoids heal without medication?

Yes: If you can find the cause of the underlying inflammation, which is usually constipation, diarrhea, excessive straining. Not all swelling and bleeding st the anus is due to hemorrhoids so be sure you have seen a professional to confirm the diagnosis, Do not self diagnose as you may be completely wrong and miss an opportunity to make a correct and early diagnosis and good prognosis ...Read more

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What makes some medications cause hemorrhoids?

That's not common: It's unusual for medications to cause hemorrhoids. What is more common is for medications to cause constipation which can cause hemorrhoids. The best way to avoid this is to have enough fiber in your diet. Remember that any bleeding is abnormal and should be investigated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get medications for hemorrhoids at the drug store?

Can you get medications for hemorrhoids at the drug store?

Can: Most over the counter hemorrhoid preps are just "band-aids" and usually won't work for long if at all. Patients need to determine the cause of their symptoms and correct that. The creams can help control symptoms during the treatment of the underlying cause, but they are not the long term answer to hemorrhoid symptoms. ...Read more

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What can be done for hemorrhoids that will not go away with medications?

What can be done for hemorrhoids that will not go away with medications?

Sugery: If you're suffering with hemorrhoids that haven't responded to conservative treatment, it's time to consider the next step. Surgery is a lot less painful and much more effective than it used to be! ...Read more

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Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce hemorrhoid pain?

Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce hemorrhoid pain?

Not really: Most over the counter medications only temporarily improve hemorrhoids. Ice and sitz baths (soaking in warm water), as well as avoiding constipation by increasing fiber and fluid intake, work just as well for less money. Also try a moisturizing cleanser like balneol to decrease your irritation when wiping. Wipes and plain toilet paper can be really irritating. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hemorrhoid medication even if you're unsure that it is a hemorrhoid?

Is it safe to use hemorrhoid medication even if you're unsure that it is a hemorrhoid?

Dangerous idea: By 'unsure' I assume you've got bleeding. Never attribute bleeding to hemorrhoids. You must be evaluated for the source of bleeding. Also even people with hemorrhoids can develop cancer... ...Read more

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How can I treat my hemorrhoid? What medication can be used to treat a bleeding hemorrhoid?

How can I treat my hemorrhoid? What medication can be used to treat a bleeding hemorrhoid?

Keep moving: Hemorrhoidal cream or witch hazel can be used. Minimize them by not sitting on the toilet to read. If they interfer with your quality of life then seek out a colorectal surgeon. These can be treated and you will feel better. ...Read more

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Got hemorrhoid because of preparation I was doing for colonoscopy. Can I still have colonoscopy?

Got hemorrhoid because of preparation I was doing for colonoscopy. Can I still have colonoscopy?

Yes: Prepping for colonoscopy often causes a hemorrhoidal flair.
This will cool down, use some OTC suppositories, and all will be well ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal by itself for hemorrhoid I got because of preparation for colonoscopy?

Depends how bad?: Procedure related hemorrhoidal problem usually will resolve in few days to a week. Eat high fibre diet, take stool softeners, and plenty of fluids with local care for faster relief. Speak to your doctor also. ...Read more

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I'm here in ksa, its been a week now im suffering from hemorrhoids, can you please help what should I do and what OTC medications I should use? Thank you

I'm here in ksa, its been a week now im suffering from hemorrhoids, can you please help what should I do and what OTC medications I should use? Thank you

Care of hemorrhoids: Medical therapies for hemorrhoids: bowel regimen (fiber, stool softeners, water, juice, laxatives and probiotics to achieve two soft bowel movements daily), salves (prep h, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) anti fungal), and hygiene (shower, hair dryer area daily). If the medical therapy fails to control, hemorrhoids, then ask for surgical referral. There are surgeries available to help you. ...Read more

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About how long will a hemorrhoid take to go away when using preparation h?

About how long will a hemorrhoid take to go away when using preparation h?

It depends: Some patients present with complaints of hemorrhiods and they may have something as minimal as skin tags or something as bad as a neoplasm. The vast majority will have :fissures, thrombosed external hemorrhiods, prolapsed internal hemorhriods with either itching or bleeding. Prep -h may help with these but may not other times. If persist rec see a dr. ...Read more

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Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce a hemorrhoid outbreak?

Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce a hemorrhoid outbreak?

Yes: First, make certain they are hemorrhoids, and have a doctor look. Second, get some tucks (witch hazel) pads - and follow instructions. Third, get some fiber supplements- like citrucelle - which is over the counter- and start taking it daily. ...Read more

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Why is preparation h making my hemorrhoids itch?

Why is preparation h making my hemorrhoids itch?

Hemmorhoids: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to one of the ingredients in the medication
this should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon

you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read more

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Is okay if your hemorrhoids bleed after using preparation h?

Is okay if your hemorrhoids bleed after using preparation h?

If your: Hemorrhoids are bleeing this is not normal nor do you know for sure if this is the only source of the bleeding. Prep h is absolutely worthless for any significant hemorrhoid problems. See a colon and rectal surgeon to be sure nothing more serious is present and causing the bleeding. ...Read more

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Does preparation h help hemorrhoids go back in place?

Treats not cures: There are several formulations of preparation h - some products have phenylephrine, a drug that constricts blood vessels, as active ingredient, in a 0.25% concentration, others have hydrocortisone, in a 1% concentration, which reduces inflammation and swelling. None cure hemorrhoids, but does decrease the acute discomfort and swelling. ...Read more

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Can an external hemorrhoid be healed / cured with just preparation-h?

Can an external hemorrhoid be healed / cured with just preparation-h?

May help: External hemorrhoids are skin tags, or excessive skin grown due to large hemrroid mass, once appear will not shrink on their own, your cream may help symptoms, only way to cure external hemorrhoids is surgical remova if they are botheringl. ...Read more

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I have a hemorrhoid that is hurting bad. Is lidocaine creme not ok to put on it...I am in pain preparation h not working?

I have a hemorrhoid that is hurting bad. Is lidocaine creme not ok to put on it...I am in pain preparation h not working?

See a surgeon: If it isn't getting better with local measures, you likely need a minor local procedure to relieve a clot in the hemorrhoid. Sitz baths can help as well. ...Read more

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Can preparation h be used internally for internal hemorrhoids?

Use suppositories: Preparation h also comes in suppositories probably more convenient for internal rectal discomfort. The cream or ointment contains Hydrocortisone 1% unless pt feels discomfort when applying it internally I do not think is absolutely contraindicated or may cause any serious harm. Only when there is a suspicion for infection with yeastnor bacteria we should avoid it. ...Read more

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Is there something a dr can get me that's better than OTC preparation h for hemorrhoids? Mine are internal and keep coming back

Is there something a dr can get me that's better than OTC preparation h for hemorrhoids? Mine are internal and keep coming back

Intervention: Things like preparation H will not address internal hemorrhoids. A doctor could inject the lesions so that those will shrink. If that does not help, it may be necessary to surgically remove the hemorrhoids.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a hemorrhoid that has popped up 4 days ago and I've been using Preparation H it's my first and I'm 28 & don't really know what todo?

How do I get rid of a hemorrhoid that has popped up 4 days ago and I've been using Preparation H it's my first and I'm 28 & don't really know what todo?

Sitz Baths: Sit in a bathtub with enough warm water to reach the hemorrhoid. Sit in it for a few minutes a few times a day and see if this manages symptoms. It helps to spread the buttocks gently to allow the water to get to the area. If pain becomes great or this is otherwise unmanageable due to itching or bleeding, have a medical practitioner take a look to see if more aggressive intervention is indicated. ...Read more

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Will topical creams like preparation-h help my hemorrhoids?

Will topical creams like preparation-h help my hemorrhoids?

Sometimes: There are many otc remedies for hemorrhoid flare ups. Just keep in mind that a doctor check up is necessary if you are not getting better on otc med. Even if the diagnosis is correct, otc remedies will not help with more advanced grades of hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I heard using hemorrhoid cream (like preparation-h, proctolog cream) can reduce wrinkles. Is it true?

It is not true: Preparation h moisturizes the skin to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It cannot remove them. ...Read more