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What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

Location: Both areas represent collateral circulation between the portal system (think guts) and the systemic circulation. Increased flow in these areas leads to enlargement of the veins and the problems listed. Both may be a sign of problem in the portal system, or may be isolated problems. Further history, examination and testing is needed to know more. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more


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What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

Different conditions: Rectal prolapse involves the abnormal movement of the lining of the rectum to outside the anus. Hemorrhoid are dilated veins in the anus and rectum. Either condition may result in discomfort near the rectum or rectal bleeing. Rectal prolapse may require surgical treatment, hemmorrhoids can be treated with creams, placement of bands or surgery if severe. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between a rectal prolapse to hemorrhoids?

Anatomy: Prolapse is actual rectal tissue bulging, prolapsing, telescoping out of the anus.

Hemorrhoids are actual blood vessels of the anal region known as the hemorrhoidal vessels that engorge with blood. As they engorge they place pressure on the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between hemorrhoids and an anal fissure?

I want to know what is the difference between hemorrhoids and an anal fissure?

See below: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that occur at the anal opening and can cause bleeding or discomfort. An anal fissure is a tear or crack in the lining of the skin at the anal opening. A fissure is generally quite painful & can bleed a little. See a doctor for an exam to tell the difference. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ebola hemorrhoid fever and hemo fever caused by the flea from a rat?

What is the difference between ebola hemorrhoid fever and hemo fever caused by the flea from a rat?

Hantavirus?: If referring to Hantavirus - there are some strains that can be fatal in humans (Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever w renal syndrome (HFRS) or hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)) HPS has fatality rate of 36%. The current
Ebolavirus Zaire outbreak has a death rate of about 55% but in past death rates have been as high as 90%. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having colorectal cancer and hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between having colorectal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Lots!!!: Hemorrhoids don't turn into cancer but often anal lesions are misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids and may be an anal or rectal cancer. In either case it should be correctly diagnosed and receive the proper treatment and recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon hemorrhoids (what are they?) and colon polyps?

What is the difference between colon hemorrhoids (what are they?) and colon polyps?

Polyps are growths: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins around the anus. Polyps are growths that originate in the inner lining of the colon - the mucosa. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and a hemorrhoid?

What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and a hemorrhoid?

Different problems: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal causing pain and bleeding. An anal fistula is a tunnel from inside the anal canal out to the perianal skin. It may cause drainage, pain and swelling. There are internal hemorrhoids which may prolapse and cause bleeding, discomfort and itching, and external hemorrhoids which may cause pain or difficulty with cleaning. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and hemorrhoid?

Please help! What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and hemorrhoid?

Different: Hemorroid--engorged blood hemorrhoidal blood vessel

fistula--connection between anal skin and inside your anus or rectum

fissure--skin tear. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colorectal cancer/tumor or internal hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between colorectal cancer/tumor or internal hemorrhoids?

Important difference: Hemorrhoids are a benign disease, in other words a problem that for most people is not serious. They are like varicose veins. Symptoms are seeing blood in the stool from time to time. Cancer can produce the same symptoms but is a very different disease. In this problem cells that line the colon change into cancer cells. These cells grow and grow without control. This is brief I know. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anusol ointment and cream?! Can I continue taking iron tablets after a hemorrhoids surgery? When can I have sex?

What is the difference between anusol ointment and cream?! Can I continue taking iron tablets after a hemorrhoids surgery? When can I have sex?

See below: No substantial difference between ointment and cream. You may continue taking iron tablets as prescribed by your doctor. You may have sex when you are ready and feel like having it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a rectal ulcer and a hemorrhoid? One's a vein right? Where do rectal ulcers lie? Are they the same as stomach ulcers?

What is the difference between a rectal ulcer and a hemorrhoid? One's a vein right? Where do rectal ulcers lie? Are they the same as stomach ulcers?

Ulcer vs hermorrhoi: Hemorrhoid as you stated is an engorged dilated rectal vein. An ulcer is an erosion/abrasion on any mucosal surface like mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestine and rectum. The concept is the same the location may differ. Rectal ulcers can lie anwhere in the rectum as they can be from infection (herpes) or autoimmune disease ulcerative colitis ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

What's the difference between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

Different cell type: Colon polyps are benign or malignant growths of the cells of the inner lining of your GI tract (~20 feet long!), while hemorrhoids are located just in the last 2 inches of your rectum (your anus and anal canal). All polyps should be removed due to cancer potential, while you can live with hemorrhoids (although you may not want to :). ...Read more

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What's the difference between mild and severe hemorrhoids?

What's the difference between mild and severe hemorrhoids?

Subjective: The severity of the hemorrhoids is really your perception of them. Occassional pain and bleeding that only lasts a day or so are mild but symptoms that keep yopu from going to work or doing the activities you enjoy cqan be perceived as severe. Get them checked and treated properly. Enjoy life! ...Read more

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How to feel difference between hemorrhoids and polyp?

How to feel difference between hemorrhoids and polyp?

You cannot: Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell what you may have. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between hemorrhoids vs herpes?

Hemorrhoids - herpes: A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein at the anus or in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are deep to the anus. External hemorrhoids are outside of the anus. A hemorrhoid is a bump that can cause pain, bleeding ; may itch. Local symptoms from herpes simplex 2 infection consist of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can coalesce followed by crusting over. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

Examination: A hemorrhoid is an enlargement of the veins around the anus. This can be seen at the opening of the anus or may slightly internal to the opening of the anus. Prostate swelling is further in but is not related to the hemorrhoid and is not part of the colon. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

Related: Around the anus.
There are some other skin tags-papillomas.
But around the anus, hemorrhoidal plexus with full veins can prolapse as "hemorrhoids" internal and external.
If clotted and dangling and not full veins may be called tags. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are usually ingorge blood vessels that can get bigger and smaller. They can bleed, cause pain and irritation and discharge. Skin tags usually stay the same size and don't cause any symptoms. ...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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Difference between an hemorrhoid and a wart from hpv?

Difference between an hemorrhoid and a wart from hpv?

Hemorrhoid vs wart: A hemorrhoid is an outpouching of an anal vein, sort of a varicose vein, often caused by pressure such as straining due to constipation. Also common in women during pregnancy as baby puts pressure on the area and veins dilate. Infection with hpv causes the skin to grow and form a wart. It does not involve blood vessels. ...Read more

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Difference between hemorrhoids and anal cancer?

Difference between hemorrhoids and anal cancer?

Benign vs Malignant: Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: anal itching; anal ache or pain, especially while sitting; bright red blood on toilet tissue, stool. It is not cancer
anal cancer is cancer which arises from the anus, the distal orifice of the gastrointestinal tract and appears to be related to hpv infection and anal intercourse. ...Read more

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Difference between anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Difference between anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Visual inspection: Needs to be evaluated by a surgeon. Can have a different look. If it appears suspicious, then a biopsy is required. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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For hemorrhoids what's the difference between distilled witch hazel and prep h?

For hemorrhoids what's the difference between distilled witch hazel and prep h?

Hemorrhoids: Witch hazel is a plant extract which was used medicinally by American Indians. It has astringent & antioxidant qualities & has been used to reduce swelling. Witch hazel products that do not contain alcohol may be gentler on the skin. Preparation H Medicated Hemorrhoidal Wipes contain Witch Hazel and Aloe. ...Read more

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What's the difference between proctozone 2.5% cream and hydrocortisone 2.5% cream? Which is better for hemorrhoids?

What's the difference between proctozone 2.5% cream and hydrocortisone 2.5% cream? Which is better for hemorrhoids?

Not much difference: The active ingredient, hydrocortisone, is the same. Proctozone is made in such a way that it is more helpful for hemorrhoids. Still, Hydrocortisone cream will help too. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between blood from stools or blood from hemorrhoids? Just wondering.

Exam: You need to have some one take a look and check that area out. No one can see themselves back there. Once the big problems are ruled in or out then we can talk about the hemorrhoids bleeding. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease. How can I tell the difference between an anal fistula (had one surgically removed 10 years ago) and a hemorrhoid?

I have Crohn's disease. How can I tell the difference between an anal fistula (had one surgically removed 10 years ago) and a hemorrhoid?

You can not but: Your doctor can, due to training and experience. When crohn's disease involves anorectal area, recurrent fistulas, infections, pain, drainage, local infections are common, make the diagnosis difficult, tissue biopsy (pathology) is the only way to distinguish from other conditions. ...Read more

Anal Swelling (Definition)

Accumulation of fluid at the opening at the end ...Read more