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Is it safe to use hemorrhoid medication even if you're unsure that it is a hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dangerous idea

By 'unsure' i assume you've got bleeding.
Never attribute bleeding to hemorrhoids. You must be evaluated for the source of bleeding. Also even people with hemorrhoids can develop cancer...

In brief: Dangerous idea

By 'unsure' i assume you've got bleeding.
Never attribute bleeding to hemorrhoids. You must be evaluated for the source of bleeding. Also even people with hemorrhoids can develop cancer...
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Short term treatment is ok, but if they dont respond or keep recurring they should be thoroughly evaluated to be sure you have the correct diagnosis.
Too many people self treat for years only to find out too late that they have been treating a rectal or anal cancer with hemorrhoid creams. They dont work for cancer!

In brief: Depends

Short term treatment is ok, but if they dont respond or keep recurring they should be thoroughly evaluated to be sure you have the correct diagnosis.
Too many people self treat for years only to find out too late that they have been treating a rectal or anal cancer with hemorrhoid creams. They dont work for cancer!
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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