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What is your opinion on self ligation of hemorrhoids?

What is your opinion on self ligation of hemorrhoids?

You can't be serious: Really, you can't be considering such a foolish idea. Nothing good will come of this, so get yourself to a reputable general or colorectal surgeon, and get an informed opinion. I can't say this strongly enough - don't even think about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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 ...Read more


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What are the signs of external hemorrhoids? And do they self resolve? Any otc stuff you can recommend?

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

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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self examination?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self examination?

Tough to tell: This is sometimes a tough question for medical professionals to answer. Severe hemorrhoids can have the look of a prolapse. If you are asking this question, you should make an appointment with a GI doctor or a general surgeon. ...Read more

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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 ?

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 ?

Check: And see if there is any trace of blood in your vagina. If so, any vaginal bleeding that starts after menopause must be checked out by your family doc or Ob-Gyn. ...Read more

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How do you self-diagnose hemorrhoids? And are there any effective home treatments?

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

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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

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 more

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Will my hemorrhoid ever go away?

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

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Does your diet affect hemorrhoid flare-ups?

Does your diet affect hemorrhoid flare-ups?

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 more

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What other things can I do about my hemorrhoid?

What other things can I do about my hemorrhoid?

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

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