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External Hemorrhoids, Should You Push Them Back In?

Hemwell Doctor Talking to Patient about hemorrhoids

What are external hemorrhoids?

External hemorrhoids are swollen veins outside of the anus that can cause itching, burning, irritation, and discomfort. These are typically caused by increased pressure in the intestines which is caused by straining during bowel movements. This pressure increases blood flow to the anal area which can cause external hemorrhoids to form around the opening of the anus.

Symptoms of external hemorrhoids?

The symptoms usually associated with external hemorrhoids are redness, itchy skin, pain, itching, burning sensation while sitting on soft surfaces or while passing bowel movements. These are not visibly protruding but they will be very tender and painful when touched. 

Usually external hemorrhoids do not produce any bleeding unless they have been injured for example by scratching or due to some other type of trauma. However, if you have an internal hemorrhoid that has prolapsed outside of your body then you might see blood on the stool or toilet paper.

What causes external hemorrhoids?

Typically external hemorrhoids form because of increased pressure in the intestines which can lead to straining during bowel movements. This results in an increase in blood flow to the anal area and can cause external hemorrhoids around your anus. The symptoms  are redness, pain, itching while sitting on soft surfaces or while passing bowel movements. They cannot be seen but they will be very tender and painful when touched. Usually external hemorrhoids do not produce any other symptoms besides these unless they have been injured for example by scratching or due to some other type of trauma.

 

How do external hemorrhoids look on the external part of the anus?

External hemorrhoids are bulging veins that can be itchy and painful for some people. They will feel like a small soft lump around your anus which is extremely sensitive to touch or impact. A person with them may not be able to sit without discomfort while passing bowel movements.

Are external hemorrhoids dangerous?

Hemorrhoids are certainly annoying but they usually aren’t considered dangerous unless they spread infection or cause other health complications. An external hemorrhoid is just a swollen vein in the area outside of the and often appears as small lumps around the area.

 

Can external hemorrhoids be pushed back into the anus?

Yes, external hemorrhoids can be pushed back into the anus if they still remain intact. It is only safe to push an external hemorrhoid in when all of its blood vessels are still intact and it is not damaged. When suffering from home treatment, moisturizing externally will help reduce pain and swelling while also fighting infection caused by external hemorrhoids. Do not try this if the external hemorrhoid has any sort of open wound or if you notice any bleeding as pushing it back inside could cause further damage or increase your risk of infection due to the presence of more bacteria on the external hemorrhoid surface.

Push an external hemorrhoid back inside if it’s external and external hemorrhoids symptoms are present. Contact a doctor immediately if there is any sign of infection such as increased pain, redness or swelling; these symptoms may indicate that the external hemorrhoid has become infected.

How to get rid of external hemorrhoids?

The symptoms associated with these can be relieved by applying moist heat to the anal area for no more than 20 minutes at a time. This will reduce symptoms such as pain, itching and irritation while fighting against potential bacterial or fungal infections

Home remedies used for treating symptoms include using witch hazel on your skin which can soothe swollen skin and tissue around your anus while also reducing pain and symptoms such as bleeding. It is important to keep them clean to reduce pain and itching.

Other treatments that you can use  include the following: a sitz bath which will cleanse the area while also helping to reduce pain, and irritation while a topical astringent lotion or cream containing witch hazel may also help treat symptoms while also decreasing swelling and how to get rid of them

. If this doesn’t work then an over the counter oral medication containing hydrocortisone or antimicrobial/antifungal agents should be used.

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