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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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Could external and internal hemorrhoids be cured with diet and exercise ?

Could external and internal hemorrhoids be cured with diet and exercise ?

Improved, not cured: A good diet and exercise are helpful for many conditions. Hemorrhoid symptoms are often related to bad bowel habits associated with poor fiber intake and inactivity. Foods causing constipation and diarrhea do not help the situation. Itching and irritation are often related to diet. Protrusion can be decreased by less straining. Bleeding must always be evaluated for other causes. ...Read more

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I have painful, bleeding hemorrhoids. Is it okay to exercise?

I have painful, bleeding hemorrhoids. Is it okay to exercise?

Yes: Probably not biking, rowing, etc supine yoga, pilates, swimming where you are not sitting on the hemorrhoids. Get seen by general or colorectal surgeon. Be sure there are not other causes colon or rectal cancer, diverticulitis etc. ...Read more

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I have mild hemorrhoid &it just started. What will I do?

I have mild hemorrhoid &it just started. What will I do?

Avoid straining: If you have a small hemorrhoid, avoid straining to have a bowel movement (bm). Straining increases the 'venous pressure' of hemorrhoidal veins and may cause the hemorrhoid to 'grow'. Also avoid constipation: increase fluids, fiber and consider citrucel or metamucil. Also consider an over-the-counter stool softner (colace or generic). If any pain you can use prep-h or similiar. Hope u get better! ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a hemorrhoid from lifting dumbbells?

Yes: Frequent, heavy lifting can result in hemorrhoids. This increases the pressure in the veins in the pelvis, which can enlarge them. This can eventually result in hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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How can you treat a possible hemorrhoid?

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. Don’t 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

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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 helps with discomfort. Severe pain - see physician! ...Read more

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If a hemorrhoid Bleeds once does it mean it's gone ??

No: Bleeding is just one of the complications of hemorrhoids and it can be severe in some cases. If the bleeding is consistent, follow up with a physician for treatment. ...Read more

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How can you treat a hemorrhoid?

Hemorrhoid help: 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. Don’t 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

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