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Hemorrhoid Sticking Out
My husband has a hemorrhoid sticking out of his anus, can he take medications to treat or should he opt for a surgical treatment to get rid of it?
Needs exam: If severe pain, may require removing the clot. If soft, ointment may ease the discomfort and size. Needs physician evaluation. ...Read more
I have a squishy lump in my anus. I took a pic of it. It doesn't hurt or anything just noticed it sticking out while showering. Is it a hemorrhoid?
I agree w dr. Hoepfner. It 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. Dont 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. ...Read more
Probably: Avoidance of straining at your bowel movements, avoiding hard stools and constipation, occasional sitz baths with epson salts and perhaps occasional stool softeners can help avoid hemorrhoidal pain and swelling. Some hemorrhoids do require surgery, however. See your doctor for examination if persistent troubles. ...Read more
Depends: External hemorrhoids are swollen tissue around the anus pink or red and soft but twender to touch. If it thomboses or clots, pain is increased and it will have apurple color and be firm/hard to the touch. If not sure what the swelling is, get an expert to evaluate and offer treatment options. ...Read more
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. Treated at home by avoiding constipation, drink plenty of liquids, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid junk foods. See a surgeon if symptoms persist. ...Read more
Here you go..: Stay well hydrated, add a bulk laxative (e.g. metamucil, ) eat a balanced diet with fibre, and be efficient when using the toilet. Do not linger. There are many topical hemorrhoidal agents, e.g. Anusol, which you can use. If necessary, seek help from a colorectal surgeon or general surgeon with anorectal experience. Good luck. ...Read more
No, please don't !: This could lead to injury or infection. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel ; warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. See your doctor for more help. ...Read more
The symptoms: Hemorrhoids are engorged vascular tissue, usually up in the rectum just above the anus. Symptoms are generally pain or bleeding. Occasionally a blood clot, thrombosis will occur on the outside with is suddenly painful and swollen, and responds quickly to excision if done in a timely fashion. ...Read more
Care of hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are a dilation and swelling of the expandable tissue around the rectal opening. Non operative treatment is recommended, and includes a bowel regimen (fiber, stool softners, laxatices to goal of 2 soft bowel movements daily) local sauves (prep h, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) anti fungals, other) and hygiene (shower, hair dryer area daily). Surgery only if above fails. ...Read more
What to do:
It 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. Dont 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 >. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, if it goes back easily then there is no problem. You will not hurt anything by pushing it back. Many people have hemorrhoids that come out during a bowel movement. However, if it becomes "stuck" outside, hard throbbing and very painful it may have thrombosed. While this will go away eventually by itself, most people prefer to seek immediate relief with medical attention. ...Read more
It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea.
Hemorrhoid should at some point 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
Is it internal? External? Itch/burn? Bleeding? Prolapsed (+/- need for manual reduction).
If you are eating a well-balanced diet (with 25-30 grams of fiber daily), drinking sufficient amount of water and exercising regularly yet continue to have hemorrhoid problems, better see your doctor now. Do not put off the inevitable. ...Read more
Hemorrhoids are very common. They occur from a stasis of blood flow in the blood vessels that go to our lower intestines. As you get older you are less active and sit for longer periods of time.
Do not sit on the toilet to read. Use a soft wet type of tissue for wiping. Over the counter medicated pads may help with inflammation. See doctor if worsens. Exercise and eat fiber. ...Read more
Sitz Bath: Agree w dr. Twynham. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with enough warm water to submerge anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes several times a day. There are a number of over-the-counter medications you can use for your anus to help with itching, burning & pain. Preparation h is one of the more well-known products. Oral tylenol (acetaminophen) helps with discomfort. Severe pain — see physician! ...Read more