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What Is The Distinction Between A Hemorrhoid And A Hernia
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
"Apples n' Oranges": A hemorrhoid is prominent tissue in the perianal region that is prone to bleed, itch, and/or cause pain. A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a bulge. Both diseases can lead to 'protrusions' that require manual reduction; both may be adversely affected by excessive straining and lifting. ...Read more
How do I know if what I just found needs medical attention or not? And if it's a hemorrhoid or a hernia?
Can anal abscess be mistaken for internal hemorrhoid? I have constant downward pressure/ pain. Doc. Glove exam felt bump—"hernia. I mean hemorrhoid": (
Small part of anus poking out? Lower abdominal pain now on both sides. Just took laxatives a while ago. Hernia, hemorrhoids, or something else?
Prolapse: It is not uncommon for a portion of the anal canal to protrude. This is due to relaxation of the rectal mucosa sliding down as a prolapse. Occassionally this is not protrusion but becomes pronounced and a marked degree of prolapse requiring surgical repair. ...Read more
Same: They are the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hemorrhoids: Strangled hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids that have dropped so much they are stuck outside the anus and can't be pushed back to inside the anus. Thrombosed hemorrhoids are the result of a rupture of an external hemorrhoid vessel causing bleeding under the skin and a purple bump on the skin on the outside of the anus. Both are painful and treated with surgery. ...Read more
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
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
Vein vs gut lining: Both hemorrhiods and polyps are abnomalities associated with the colon. The hemorrhoid is a vein that has swelled and cause pain & itching. The polyp is an abnormal growth of the lining of the colon. It is usually painless and diagnosed incidentally on colonoscopy. Polyps can degenerate into cancer and need to be removed. Hemorroids are a nuisance and removed for reasons of bleeding or discomfort. ...Read more
How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self examination?
My right testicle has been pulling up very high the last 2 weeks when I'm cold more than usual I've had a hernia on that side before what could this b?
Fluid or ceroma in abdomen after hernia operation is serious? . It increase abdomen size? How to solve this Prob.....Wht care should b taken
Repair hernia: Hernias of the abdominal wall can remain stable or progress. They are unable to heal spontaneously, or by itself. These hernias can develop complications like incarceration or strangulation, (organs trapped by the hernia defect). Okay to get in to your doc for an eval and surgical referral. A hernia repair is safe and effective. ...Read more
Hernia activity: I'm not exactly sure what a press up is. However, as a general rule, activity with a hernia is limited by discomfort. As long as you do not experience pain, it should be safe to proceed with activities. A binder may help to keep a hernia reduced while exercising. But, if you are active, and the hernia protrudes frequently, it may be worth discussing this with your doctor and considering repair. ...Read more
See a surgeon: There are many types of hernias. Groin and umbilical are the most common. Hernias will not resolve without intervention. If you are a symptomatic, it may be safe to observe a hernia. Symptomatic hernias require intervention. Rarely hernias will strangulate and require emergency surgical repair. ...Read more
Rarely: The only her is that can heal itself is a belly button hernia in an infant. They usually heal by age 5. All other hernias will not heal themselves, and require a surgical procedure for repair. Reasons for repair are to resolve a problem, or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about it to figure out whether or not surgical repair is right for you. ...Read more
Variable: Abdominal wall hernias can cause pain or discomfort, often worse with activity or certain positions. There is typically a lump under the skin that represents the abdominal contents coming through the hole in the abdominal wall (the hernia). Thus lump can enlarge, and in some cases become so large it becomes difficult to fit clothes and perform your usual activities. ...Read more
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
Some yes, some no: Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall. You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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