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small, soft-ish fleshy lump, Is this a hemmorhoid?

Today after passing a stubborn stool I noticed a small, soft-ish fleshy lump outside of my anus. From what I've read I think it might be a hemmorhoid, but I don't know for sure since it seems like those are supposed to be hard. There is not bleeding, it is painless and is most noticeable just after using the bathroom or straining, and I suspect will retreat entirely if I leave it alone and go back to my usual diet. (I ate horribly today because of the holiday. I am prone to digestive issues and what I find I need to avoid persistent abdominal pain and stubborn stools completely includes 4-6 servings daily of fruit, 3-5 of veggies, and yogurt a few times a week. I ate almost none of those things today or yesterday.) Finding a lump down there has me really nervous, and I wanted to make sure it will be okay if I don't rush off to the doctor to get it looked at immediately. Obviously if it becomes painful or bleeds I will go ASAP. If it doesn't go away in a few days would it be safe to just leave it for two weeks while I finish my classes? If it does appear to go away should I still be concerned?
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replied November 30th, 2014
Welcome to e health forum.

The description of the lump provided is possibly a enlarged hemorrhoid. Since there is no bleeding or pain, it is most likely in initial stages and proper diet and lifestyle management can help to prevent the progress or even help resolution.

The most common cause of hemorrhoids is chronic constipation. Constipation in adults is due to a stressed lifestyle with lack of proper eating habits , having more junk and processed food, rather than freshly prepared whole foods, low intake of dietary fiber and inadequate amounts of fluids.

You might consider adding enough fiber in your diet. Vegetables with high-fiber content (peas, beans, apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, spinach), fresh fruits, dried fruits, and whole wheat, bran, or oatmeal cereals are excellent sources of fiber.

To reap the benefits of fiber, drink plenty of fluids to help pass the stool.

Include a lot of whole grain bread, corn bran, cereals, buns, muffins, bran flakes, whole wheat cereals, whole grain pasta, and brown rice in your daily diet.
Whole grains - help to enhance the digestive system.


Regular exercise (abdominal contraction exercises and leg raises) are also important in establishing regular normal bowel movements.

Follow healthy eating habits including eating at regular intervals and avoiding skipping of meals.

For the time being to relieve your symptoms, you can try laxatives available over the counter for a short term basis only.

But for long term relief of constipation, you might consider following the tips that have been suggested here.

In presence of severe pain or bleeding during bowel movements could indicate fissures or ulcers in the anorectal cavity. A physical examination by your GP and a stool examination may help to rule out other causes if present.

I Hope this helps.



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