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What are hemorrhoids and how are they treated?

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In brief: Hemmiroids

They are thrombosed (clotted) veins that cause pain if the are external ( you can feel them) or internal ( they bleed) treatment is usually conservative with creams, suppositories .
If severe and chronic then surgery is an option for external. For internal ones there is a endoscopic procedure that can be effective.

In brief: Hemmiroids

They are thrombosed (clotted) veins that cause pain if the are external ( you can feel them) or internal ( they bleed) treatment is usually conservative with creams, suppositories .
If severe and chronic then surgery is an option for external. For internal ones there is a endoscopic procedure that can be effective.
Dr. Alexander Barkan
Dr. Alexander Barkan
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: What & How

I agree w dr. Barkan.
A hemorrhoid is a 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 and may be itchy. 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 >>.

In brief: What & How

I agree w dr. Barkan.
A hemorrhoid is a 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 and may be itchy. 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 >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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 be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel & warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. There are a number of over-the-counter medications that can used for anal itching, burning & pain. Preparation H is one of the more well known products. Oral Tylenol can also help with discomfort. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. Please discuss your hemorrhoids with your physician. If hemorrhoids become really problematic, it could require a visit to a general surgeon.
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