What are external hemorrhoids?

Normal venous struct. External hemorrhoids are veins under the skin surrounding the external portion of the anus. They are covered with skin or epidermis. Internal hemorrhoids are internal or external if the have prolapsed but are covered by mucosa and not epidermis.
Will see out side. As the disease advances it it tracks out side the anal canal into skin called external hemorrhoids.

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What causes external hemorrhoids and do they away on their own?

Pressure. External hemorrhoids are like varicose veins in your rear end. Often caused by constipation or straining (like a women having a baby.). Often resolve on their own. Treated by treating the underlying constipation (if present) warm baths, and local creams such as preparation h. Prescription meds are also available. See your family doc if not improving in a few days. Read more...
Several causes. External hemorrhoids are skin-covered. They often result from thromboses (clots) in the hemorrhoid, or from chronic engorgement of the blood vessels, as in pregnancy or with chronic cough or straining at stool. They can become smaller; but once the skin is stretched, they won't go away completely- usually a small skin tag remains. Read more...

What exacerbates external hemorrhoids? What activities and/or food should I avoid?

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, you will want to get evaluated. Read more...

How to know what is best external hemorrhoids treatment at home?

Avoid. Sitting and straining too long at the toilet. Avoid constipation by eating a high fiber diet, eat fruits and vegetables, add metamucil fiber to diet. Warm bath soaks and tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if there is discomfort. Read more...

What are the signs of external hemorrhoids? And do they self resolve? Any otc stuff you can recommend?

External hemorrhoids. Symptoms of external hemorrhoids can vary from burning and itching to acute severe pain cause by a clot developing in the dilated veins that make up a hemorrhoid). If you have minor irritation hygiene and topical treatments work well. If acute thrombosis I recommend you get into a surgeon quickly because they can help. Read more...

What can I do for external hemorrhoids to heal. It's really really painful. I got them when 2 days ago preparing for colonoscopy. Still following a liquid diet because of fear of bowel movements pain.

Hemorrhoids. Keep the area clean. Cold packs sometimes help. Avoid sitting directly on your bottom with an inflatable donut. There are suppositories that are helpful but need to be prescribed. Keep your stool soft with a diet high in fibre and a stool softener. All the best. Read more...
See below. The pain is due to a small blood clot (thrombosis) in the hemorrhoid. The pain may last for 4-7 days and gradually the clot disappears. Immediate relief for the pain can be had by the physician making a small incision(using local anesthetic) in the hemorrhoid releasing the clot. Topical hydrocortisone/lidocaine cream can help the pain.OTC products with 5% Lidocaine and hydrocortisone are available. Read more...
Small, warm enema. Consider a warm water enema to ease the initial pain of the bowel movement. The warm water helps sooth the hemorrhoids, relaxes the sphincter muscles around the anus and thus lessens the anxiety about pain. This relaxes the entire voiding experience. Keep your enema bulb nearby to help with the inevitable gaseousness. Congratulations on completing your colonoscopy! Read more...

Can external hemorrhoids get bigger?

Yes. Hemorrhoids ate veins under the skin in the anal area. They become enlarged or irritated with constipation & sitting at the toilet straining too long. The veins can continue to enlarge with repeated irritation from constipation. Dink more water, eat more fiber (fruits & vegetables, metamucil). Read more...