Anal Fissures, Abscesses and Fistulas – Oh My!

Many people see blood when they wipe after a bowel movement, and they immediately panic. While this is reason for concern and you should see a doctor, it is likely a relatively minor condition that your doctor can help you work through. Pain in addition to the bleeding may indicate hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, an

Can Iron Supplements Cause Hemorrhoids ?

Hemorrhoids area common problem for many people,and supplements exist to help treat the condition. There are many reasons why a hemorrhoid may form and getting a hemorrhoid is quite normal. Consuming certain medications, vitamins and supplements can directly or indirectly affect the formation of hemorrhoids. Supplements and medications may have gastrointestinal side effects, which in

Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy? The purpose of a colonoscopy is to detect and/or evaluate the health of the large intestine, otherwise known as the colon. How do you know if you really need one? Colon Function 101 The primary purpose of the large intestine (colon) is to absorb water and facilitate regulation of

Juice Fasts: A Quick Path to Better Nutrition or a Potentially Risky Fad?

People who sell ready-made juice cleanse products and high-powered juicers – and those who spend their money on them – claim that drinking nothing but juice for a few days can lead to weight loss, detoxification, and a number of other health benefits. A documentary released a few years ago centered on a morbidly obese

Choosing the Best Surgeon for Hemorrhoid Treatment

Choosing the right physician for your hemorrhoid treatment is an important decision. Not only do you need someone skilled and well-trained, but you need someone who can make you feel comfortable during exams and procedures. Most importantly, you need a doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition, taking into consideration your unique needs. Some

Take Steps to Prevent Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, defines a cancer of the large intestine. According to the National Cancer Institute, 4.3% of adult men and women may be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetime. While survival rates following diagnosis are determined on a case-by-case basis, earlier diagnosis often facilitates better outcomes. Take steps to

What NOT to Do to Your Hemorrhoid!

Hemorrhoids are typically defined as a disorder of the rectum and/or anus. Discussions regarding hemorrhoids may be studiously avoided or fodder for embarrassing jokes, but for those suffering from hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids no laughing matter. Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful, and in some cases, lead to increased discomfort and hemorrhoid complications if not treated in a

Avoid Freaking Out! Step-by-Step: Colonoscopy

Has your doctor recommended that you get a colonoscopy? Are you dreading it? Delaying it? Avoiding it? You are not alone. Many people have obsessive fear about the before, during, and after aspects of the screening. However, a colonoscopy is necessary to determine the health of your colon and prevent possible cancers. Each year, roughly

How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last?

Hemorrhoids are among the most common afflictions of the gastrointestinal system. Among American adults, approximately half will have experienced symptoms of hemorrhoids by age 50. Despite this surprising statistic, hemorrhoids are rarely discussed in the mainstream media or even in the medical literature. This may be because hemorrhoids are usually a benign condition that rarely

Coffee Enemas: Detox, Cancer Cure, or Quackery?

Some tout coffee enemas as an alternative or complementary treatment for liver ailments, colon cancer, or detoxifying the body. However, modern medical knowledge tells us there is no reason to use teas, enemas, or anything else to “detox” the body, clear the colon, or otherwise help the body excrete waste. And medical research shows coffee enemas

Get the PDF version of this article The abscess... a fistula in the making. Anorectal abscesses are fairly common and are a source of considerable morbidity....
Get the PDF version of this article The abscess... a fistula in the making. Anorectal abscesses are fairly common and are a source of considerable morbidity....

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