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Your Swollen Rectum May Also be Known as:
Anal puffiness
Anal swelling
Anus feels puffy
Anus feels swollen
Anus is puffy
Anus is swollen
Anus puffiness
Anus swelling
Puffy anus
Puffy rectum

Top 2 Swollen Rectum Causes

  1. 1.Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that affects more 50% of the population, typically after the age of 30. Hemorrhoids are the "varicose veins of the anus and rectum" - enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus that can bleed or clot.

    You can treat this at home by eating more fiber and drinking more water, which loosens your stools and allowing the hemorrhoid to heal. Changing your health habits can also help - lose weight and exercise more and keep the anus clean. Topical creams and ointments can help with the pain, as would a warm water spray or sitz baths. If these treatments do not work after some time, simple surgical operations can be done in the primary care office. Or, for very severe cases of hemorrhoids, surgery may be needed to remove the hemorrhoid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, pain when passing stools, anal itching
    Symptoms that never occur with hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Chronic or Recurrent Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that affects more 50% of the population, typically after the age of 30. Hemorrhoids are the "varicose veins of the anus and rectum" - enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus that can bleed or clot.

    It seems that this is bothering you for quite some time. If the following home treatments do not work, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician. Self management for hemorrhoids includes: eating more fiber and drinking more water, which loosens your stools and allowing the hemorrhoid to heal. Changing your health habits can also help - lose weight and exercise more, and keep the anus clean. Topical creams and ointments can help with the pain, as would a warm water spray or sitz baths. Treatment by a physician might include a small surgical procedure.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal bleeding, rectal pain, pain when passing stools, anal itching, painless rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic or recurrent hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swollen Rectum

  • Q.How long has the area around your buttocks been swollen?
  • Q.How swollen is the area around your buttocks?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Do your symptoms worsen when sitting?

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Swollen Rectum Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swollen rectum have also experienced:

    • 12% Rectal Pain
    • 10% Rectal Bleeding
    • 6% Anal Itching
  • People who have experienced swollen rectum had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 30% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced swollen rectum were most often matched with:

    • 33% Hemorrhoids
    • 10% Chronic or Recurrent Hemorrhoids

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