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Having pea sized hemorrhoid following food-poisoning, diarrhea. Applied Hemorrdial Ointment. How to treat bleeding hemorrhoid?

I am travelling in Cambodia. Three weeks ago I suffered from food poisoning . For three days my stool was just clear water. A week ago I noticed a large pea-sized external hemorrhoid . It had a dark pin sized spot on it. I bought over the counter cream: Anaesthetic Hemorroidal Ointment. After five days of use the dark spot has become very large and the hemorrhoid has begun to bleed . It has reduced slightly in size, but it is more painful. I have been sweating a lot due to the very hot dry season, could this be reducing the effectiveness of the ointment?I have stopped using the ointment since. My stool is regular again and soft. I drink a lot of water and have a healthy diet , and a healthy 25 year old woman.Please help?
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal, this can be painful but it is usually not serious. Diarrhea,constipation,pregnancy or overweight can aggravate situation. It may present with rectal bleeding, itching and rectal pain.
Healthy habits can help you prevent hemorrhoids or keep them from getting worse. Eat foods that have lots of fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Also drink plenty of water and get plenty of exercise.
Over the counter ointments like you mentioned can help you to relieve symptoms but it should be used for limited time, other treatment option can be Aluminum hydroxide gel,Mineral oil,Antiseptics, Keratolytics, Analgesics or steroids. Sometimes surgery is needed when treatment fails.
You are advised to visit concerned doctor to get yourself physically examined.
Hope it helps.
Take Care!
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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