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Ok this is an extremely embarrassing thing to ask on the internet of all places. I have excessive itching and have for quite awhile. I have no bleeding or any pain other then from the excessive scratching. The thought of hemorrhoids didn't even cross my mind until i went to buy some preparation H just for the itching. Please help?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Hemorrhoids are extremely common. Many people, even those that are very young, suffer from hemorroids. Hemorrhoids are marked by painful intching around the anus. Once someone has hemorrhoids they usually suffer from the periodically throughout their life. To reduce the risk of aggravating hemorrhoids avoid straining of the area, as well as prolonged sitting on any uncomfortable surface. Hemorrhoids are essentialy enlarged veins of the anus...be sure to buy a hemorrhoid cream that contains a vasoconstrictor as the active ingredient if you want to help reduce the size of the hemorrhoids (a cream that only relieves the pain is not really much good).
- Anonymous6 years ago
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Diarrhea can contribute to hemorrhoid formation because the bowel undergoes pressure strains due to the condition. Undue pressure on the veins that make up internal hemorrhoidal structures can worsen existing damage. Internal hemorrhoids are not visible, unless they proplapse (protrude) from the anus, either constantly or during a bowel movement. If this is the case, then you have a grade III or IV internal hemorrhoid. If the protrusion is on the anal verge or the area surrounding the anus, then its likely an external hemorrhoid. Reducing pressure from issues of diarrhea and constipation will help. Not straining during a bowel movement, not lifting heavy objects, not sitting for extended periods, all will help.
An external hemorrhoid is simply a vein located at the anal verge, the wall of which as weakened and protruded. Don't push on it, this will only increase pressure and worsen it. The body has to repair the vein wall and rebuild the integrity. This takes time, perhaps weeks, if all goes well. Use sitz baths and over-the-counter medications such as pads or creams to provide symptom relief in the interim. These won't solve the issue long term, but will give the tissue a better chance at self-healing.
Internal hemorrhoids are a different matter and require more intervention. Your best bet is to educate yourself about the condition, its causes and what options there are to treat it both short and long term. Don't ignore it though, hemorrhoids tend to become chronic in nature, lasting years or decades in some cases.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
It may be external hemorrhoids, but usually hemorrhoids don't itch and they bleed at least a little. There are a number of possible causes for anal itching: dry skin, too much moisture from excess sweating or moist, sticky stools, excessive wiping with dry, harsh toilet paper or excessive scrubbing with harsh soaps, failure to rinse away the soap completely, certain laundry soaps, colognes, and scented or colored toilet paper that can be irritating to people with sensitive skin, STD's involving the anus, parasites, skin problems like psoriasis, seborrhea, or eczema, an anal abrasion or fissure (tear), or even anxiety and stress. Also, some foods contain chemical irritants that can cause anal itching, like spices and hot sauces. Sometimes foods may directly or indirectly irritate your anus as they exit your intestine: chocolate, fruits, tomatoes, nuts and popcorn are common irritants.
Try some over the counter hydrocortisone cream or ointment or a protective ointment that contains zinc oxide (like Desitin, Balmex). Be sure to use them sparingly.
Also, cleanse your anus gently and dry completely after a bowel movement, don't scratch the area, and wear loose cotton underwear.
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- lcoil79Lv 51 decade ago
It could also just be severe chaffing. Boudreux's Butt Paste is the best thing in the world for this. Ask almost any parent that has had to deal with diaper rash, and they'll recommend this. I get severe itching and pain while walking occasionally, and it's from chaffing. A little Paste and all is good.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Could also be worms or other parasites. Gross, but a real problem. You can pick them up from being out in the dirt, woods, or simply under cooked meat. I think you would need a doc to diagnose and treat if this is the problem
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It could also be an anal fissure or yeast infection. Try lanicane. If that doesn't work, visit the doc.