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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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 is called a hemorrhoid.


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What causes hemorrhoid and if i leave all that causes it how long will it take to heal?

What causes hemorrhoid and if i leave all that causes it how long will it take to heal?

Hemmproids: There a a few causes of hemmiroids. They include straining from chronic constipation, child birth, etc. Usually treated conservatively with steroid creams, may need surgery if chronic or hirt really bad despite trying the cream for a while. Can go away usually week or so. But may persist. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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 is called a hemorrhoid.


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Can anal abscess be mistaken for internal hemorrhoid? I have constant downward pressure/ pain. Doc. Glove exam felt bump—"hernia..I mean hemorrhoid":(

Can anal abscess be mistaken for internal hemorrhoid? I have constant downward pressure/ pain. Doc. Glove exam felt bump—"hernia..I mean hemorrhoid":(

Not commonly: Mistaken but could be. Usually an abscess in the peri-anal area is quite painful ; progressively gets worse over a few days. A hemorrhoid condition could cause a pressure feeling, but would not be very bad. An abscess is usually very painful. ...Read more

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Pain Management (Tip)

Pain Management

Hemorrhoids hurt? Apply fresh aloe vera plant pulp. Aaahhh! yes that feels much better. ...See more

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Treating Hemorrhoids (Checklist)

See a general or colorectal surgeon
Once
Use stool softeners
Daily
Increase fiber intake
Daily
Increase hydration
Daily
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Are internal hemorrhoids curable or simply temporarily treatable?

Are internal hemorrhoids curable or simply temporarily treatable?

Depends: You may be able to avoid irritating the internal hemorrhoids and thus may allow them to be less bothersome, but they may not go away completely. Drink plenty of liquids, eat high river foods, take fiber supplements like metamucil, avoid constipation and straining or sitting too long at the toilet. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a hemorrhoid?

What is the best way to treat a hemorrhoid?

Depends: 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

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Pain Management (Tip)

Pain Management

Hate hemorrhoids? Saturate cotton balls with witch hazel & apply 3x a day. What a relief it is! ...See more

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How long do treated hemorrhoids last for?

Variable: It really depends on maintaining bowel habit modifications.Good results can last several years if constipation is avoided.Those with familial tendencies may need retreatments sooner.Office methods have excellent long term results, avoiding surgical recovery time. ...Read more

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I've been using a salve for treating hemorrhoids, and now instead of a "ball" there is more like a "hole", is that "normal"?

Drainage: It sounds like your hemorrhoid may have drained itself, and thus why you see the hole. I would suggest you see your primary care physician to evaluate and ensure that it is resolving without any complications. ...Read more

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Travel (Tip)

Travel

Avoid unwanted souvenirs: hemorrhoids and fissures due to constipation. Plenty of water and fiber! ...See more

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