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Will an inflamed hemorrhoid eventually go away, OTC treatment is not working?

Will an inflamed hemorrhoid eventually go away, OTC treatment is not working?

Not necessarily: Unfortunately, all hemorrhoids don't just go away and require some form of treatment either conservative or if thrombosed (clotted) surgical. Many times prescriptive topical creams with steroids, increasing fluids, stool softeners work after a few days. Would recommend a quick visit with your doctor for advice after exam. Want to be certain it is a hemorrhoid. ...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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I get inflamed external hemorrhoids randomly once or twice a year where the vein bulges and becomes hard and painful for 2 weeks. Why & what to do?

I get inflamed external hemorrhoids randomly once or twice a year where the vein bulges and becomes hard and painful for 2 weeks. Why & what to do?

Thrombose Hemorrhoid: You most likely develop Thrombosed Hemorrhoid which it means the blood clots from inside the Hemorrhoid, this condition is very painful and the Hemorrhoid looks bluish or purple. Sometimes they could resolve by itself but it can be excised by the surgeon, if you get this couple of times a yea it's time for you to see a surgeon for possible Hemorrhoid surgery, try to prevent constipation, sits bath ...Read more

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Constipated and also have inflamed internal hemorrhoid. When I go to the bathroom there is tan stringy mucus in stool. Causes?

Constipated and also have inflamed internal hemorrhoid. When I go to the bathroom there is tan stringy mucus in stool. Causes?

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum, among others. ...Read more

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Has left-sided uc and minor hemorrhoid. Is there a way to know if the bleeding is caused by inflamed colon or hemorrhoid?

Has left-sided uc and minor hemorrhoid.  Is there a way to know if the bleeding is caused by inflamed  colon or hemorrhoid?

Colonoscopy: The best way is to see where the bleeding is originating. You can have bleeding from hemorrhoids and from other problems including colitis, polyps, diverticulitis, and cancer. ...Read more

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Have had hemorrhoids for 30+ years; but, in the last year or so they have remained inflamed non stop, and bleeding is present. I have no insurance and was wondering what kind of cost I can expect to have, what appears to be about 6, treated. I have neve

Have had hemorrhoids for 30+ years; but, in the last year or so they have remained inflamed non stop, and bleeding is present.  I have no insurance and was wondering what kind of cost I can expect to have, what appears to be about 6, treated.  I have neve

Check with a surgeon: You can call a surgeon's office and get an estimate for the office visit. At that time, he of she will give you recommendations for treatment and you can ask the office staff what the cost would be for that procedure. The office manager may be able to cut you a deal. Keep in mind the surgery center and anesthesiologist may also give you estimates. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids cause urinary pain or discomfort every time they become internally inflamed?

Can hemorrhoids cause urinary pain or discomfort every time they become internally inflamed?

Yes: Irritation of anal sphincter may easily irritate urethral sphincter and cause pain and difficulty voiding. ...Read more

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Why would hemorrhoids suddenly flare up for no reason after not being inflamed for decades? I haven't strained or done anything to aggravate them.

Why would hemorrhoids suddenly flare up for no reason after not being inflamed for decades? I haven't strained or done anything to aggravate them.

Maybe not hemorrhoid: Are you sure you have just hemorrhoids? Pain +/- pruritis (itching) from the rectum that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.), prctalgia fugax. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's), circumstances, please seek evaluation to be certain. ...Read more