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Thrombosed Hemorrhoid

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a thrombosed hemorrhoid?

A thrombosed hemorrhoid happens when blood clots become trapped inside your hemorrhoid. It is a common complication of hemorrhoids. Your hemorrhoid may suddenly look swollen or blue and feel very painful.

How is a thrombosed hemorrhoid treated?

You may be given medicine to decrease pain and swelling. The medicine may be a pill, pad, cream, or ointment. Your healthcare provider may make an incision in the hemorrhoid to relieve your pain. Your provider will also remove blood clots and fluid. Your incision may be packed with gauze and left open to heal. Your provider may instead close the incision with stitches. If your incision is left open, you may have light bleeding from the area. You may also bleed when you have a bowel movement. This should get better in a few days.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to care for myself?

How do I care for my wound?

Do the following if your healthcare provider has made an incision in your hemorrhoid:

How can I help prevent hemorrhoids?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

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