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Old 10-06-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Question Hemorrhoid getting smaller, but scabbing/bleeding?

I'm an embarrassed 23 y/o and have had hemorrhoids for a while. My parents had them and I have since I was about 15 (before they were usually about a pea and went away quickly).

Anyway, I had one flare up on my honeymoon last week or so to be the size of a grape. About 2 days into my lovely honeymoon in Hawaii, I had a BM in the morning. I ate some spicy food the night before . Needless to say, that's when this started. I saw a doctor on the island and he gave me some "special" suppositories. I've also been using OTC creams, wipes, and taking warm baths.

It has been about a week and 4 days and while it has gotten much smaller, thinner, and less painful, it has begun to get "scabby" regions on it. The pain at this point is very minimal compared to when it first started, as I can sit and stand with only minimal discomfort. However, when I have a BM, there is usually some blood when I wipe during and horrible itching that occurs after (a hot bath takes away a lot of the itching). I have a very close and trusting wife who "checks me out" and has noticed that the blood is coming from these scabby regions after a BM (oh, don't worry, I'm cleaned when she checks!!)

My question is, are these small scabs normal? They usually bleed some after using the bathroom and then itch like hell. Otherwise, it no longer hurts like it did last week and swelling is way down. For the scabbing though, Is this normal progression for healing? I have one larger scab on the end of it and a very tiny one near the opening of the anus (which is where the blood was mostly coming from).

Do you honestly think I need surgery? I heard from one person that the scabs are a normal part of healing, but I want to hear from others.

Thanks so much!

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Old 10-06-2007, 04:08 PM   #2
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Re: Hemorrhoid getting smaller, but scabbing/bleeding?

Hi, i've had hemorrhoids for a while now and mine never scab. Are you sure you don't have a fissure? Which is a tear near your rectum. Hemorroids are swollen veins and i have never heard of them scabbing. But anything is possible. I'v never had surgery on mine, i use this really good ointment i order on the internet. It helps relieve them but hasn't made them go away. I'm thinking of having the lazer done on them. I haven't found a doctor that does that locally.

Old 10-07-2007, 05:24 PM   #3
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Re: Hemorrhoid getting smaller, but scabbing/bleeding?

I don't think it is a fissure.

It is an obvious external hemorrhoid, roughly the size of a large peanut (unshelled). The thing that worries me is there's a small round spot on one side of it that has a slight "dome" to it. It looks like a bloody clot or scab. The skin itself is not purple, but normal skin color. It occasionally bleeds from the spot after a BM. There is NO pain or discomfort, only an itch that also occurs sometimes after a BM.

Has ANYONE else had this? I'm waiting for my health insurance to kick in with my new job so I can see the doctor again (the first time i was uninsured)

I heard that only internal ones bleed, so this is confusing. There is no blood in my stool and only seems to bleed from this red/scab area (it is on the opposite end of the hemorrhoid). Could it be a vessel that has clotted on the actual hemorrhoid itself? Odd.

Any ideas??? Thanks again.


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