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Hemorrhoids Self Help
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 ...Read more
What are the signs of external hemorrhoids? And do they self resolve? Any otc stuff you can recommend?
External hemorrhoids: Symptoms of external hemorrhoids can vary from burning and itching to acute severe pain cause by a clot developing in the dilated veins that make up a hemorrhoid). If you have minor irritation hygiene and topical treatments work well. If acute thrombosis I recommend you get into a surgeon quickly because they can help. ...Read more
How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self examination?
I went through menopause 4 years ago I seen a slight pink discharge when I wiped my self not sure if it's coming from my hemorrhoids ?
Hemorrhoids: In women, hemorrhoids are usually related to pregnancy, from compression of the pelvic veins. In men, they're usually related to constipation & straining. You may feel the soft, spongy veins protruding from the anus, and have occasional blood spotting on the toilet paper. High residue diet, fiber supplements, increased water intake helps. Suppositories & cortisone cream treat flare-ups. ...Read more
24f I have external hemorrhoids and want to be intimate with my partner for the first time. Anything I can do to get rid of them? Quite self conscious
Surgery?: External hemorrhoids that have been present for years do not respond to creams, etc, so if they are large enough to cause you problems, removal is really the only solution. See your local general surgeon or colon & rectal surgeon to discuss best options for you. Usualy an outpatient procedure, and although painful to recover from, very short-lived and should diminish your 'embarassment'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Low fiber and inadequate fluid intake as well as excessive caffeine and alcohol intake can contribute to constipation and hemorrhoidal symptoms. Chronic diarrhea can also aggravate the hemorrhoidal tissue. Try to avoid foods and habits that contribute to either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer