External Hemorrhoids, Are You Able To Push Them Back Inside?

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What are external hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectal area. They most commonly occur in the lower region of the rectum, also known as external hemorrhoids. These types of hemorrhoids are found outside of your body under the skin around your anus, whereas internal hemorrhoids develop within your anus. External hemorrhoids protrude from the anus and can cause itching, pain, or bleeding when they become irritated. Like internal hemorrhoids, external ones don’t necessarily hurt while you have them, but sometimes external ones may be so large that they give you pain and discomfort, which you need to get rid of. One way to do this is by pushing hemorrhoid back inside where it came from and putting a plug of hemorrhoid cream inside your anus for several hours.

Ensure that you don’t do this if the pile is bleeding or very painful. They are usually painless, and many people get them without even knowing it. But piles may get infected, so you should go to the doctor if they become painful or start bleeding.

What are external hemorrhoid symptoms?

The following symptoms can develop:

  • Tenderness around the anus
  • Itching near the anus
  • Bleeding during or after a bowel movement
  • Feeling like there is something in the rectum that won’t come out
  • Lump around the anus
  • Discomfort when sitting down


What causes external hemorrhoids?

External hemorrhoids can be caused by straining on the toilet due to obstructions in the rectum, pregnancy, aging, obesity, heavy lifting over long periods, or standing or sitting too long. These factors weaken veins in the lower rectum and around the anus. It is much easier for piles to form when straining or putting pressure on the pelvic muscles.

What is the difference between external and internal hemorrhoids?

External hemorrhoids are much more common than internal ones. Most frequently, they occur in people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and older. They are also much more noticeable because they protrude from the anus or sometimes even form lumps outside of your body around your anus. Internal hemorrhoids don’t protrude but stay inside, so you can’t see them. However, many doctors say that this time it’s better if the hemorrhoid is removed because it doesn’t have any chance to go back inside, so only surgery may help there. Piles are easy to prevent by taking some simple precautions.

Can you push external hemorrhoids back in?

It is not recommended to push them back inside because it can cause the hemorrhoid to bleed, get irritated, develop an abscess, or become larger and more painful than before. Generally, they may be pushed back inside without much problem, but only if it is about pinhole size and isn’t huge, so there’s no chance for it to come out again.

How do you treat external hemorrhoids?

If your piles become very painful or start bleeding, see a doctor who can prescribe medications to help shrink them, relieve pain, heal sores, and stop bleeding. But if they are not causing any discomfort, it is best to leave them alone because they will usually disappear on their own without treatment in about six months.

You can treat your piles by:

– applying an ice pack or cold compress on your anus area for ten minutes every few hours; you should use ice wrapped in a cloth or towel so it’s not too cold

– taking oral pain medications if they are very painful; don’t take aspirin because that will increase your bleeding

– apply a cream to relieve the itchiness and swelling

If they are very uncomfortable, you can try removing an external hemorrhoid yourself. Here’s how:

– wash hands thoroughly before doing this procedure, especially after going to the bathroom, and don’t scratch external hemorrhoid with dirty fingers

– lie down with the external hemorrhoid hanging over the edge of the bed and place an ice pack or cold compress on external hemorrhoid to reduce inflammation and make it shrink

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