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How to get rid of external hemorrhoids? Witch hazel?
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: No
You can never remove all of the external hemorrhoids even with surgery.
What most people think are external hemorrhoids are actually residual benign skin tags from prior hemorrhoidal flares. I personally do not recommend witch hazel ever, as many people will develop a sensitivity reaction, like an allergic reaction, to it after repeated use.

In brief: No
You can never remove all of the external hemorrhoids even with surgery.
What most people think are external hemorrhoids are actually residual benign skin tags from prior hemorrhoidal flares. I personally do not recommend witch hazel ever, as many people will develop a sensitivity reaction, like an allergic reaction, to it after repeated use.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes for symptoms
Time will fix most hemorrhoids because they go away by themselves.
The witch hazel treats the irritation associated with hemorrhoids until they go away by themselves. Best to treat the underlying cause excessive straining with bowel movements traumatic bowel movements and excessive sitting in a position that creates increased pressure in the anal area.

In brief: Yes for symptoms
Time will fix most hemorrhoids because they go away by themselves.
The witch hazel treats the irritation associated with hemorrhoids until they go away by themselves. Best to treat the underlying cause excessive straining with bowel movements traumatic bowel movements and excessive sitting in a position that creates increased pressure in the anal area.
Dr. Andrew Gentry
Dr. Andrew Gentry
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