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Anorectal Problems

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

It is most likely that what you are describing is an anal skin tag.

Anal skin tags are shapeless flaps or lumps of flesh usually found
at the anal verge, where the inside of the anorectal canal becomes the
outside of the body. Anal skin tags are also known by the names of “cutaneous papillomae”
and “acrochordon”. Anal skin tags are an extremely common condition. They are not contagious, and may occur alone or in multiples.

Anal skin tags usually start due to an anorectal injury, trauma, or inflammatory lesion.

For example, if an external haemorrhoid swells up large and is cured at home without surgery, the haemorrhoid may leave a skin tag behind.

Another little known cause of the development of skin tags in
general, may be tight fitting clothing. For example, if the undies are
too tight, they bite into the skin, creating conditions ripe for
developing a skin tag.

Apart from cosmetic reasons, unless skin tags are causing or are prone to complications, they do not need to be removed.

When tags cause itching, pain, anxiety or hygienic problems, they can be biopsied to ensure their identity and then removed.

When small they can be removed easily under local anaesthetic at a doctor’s office on an outpatient basis.

However, if they’re either large or extensive, they must be surgically removed in an operating theatre while under general anaesthetic.

Laser surgery has offered great success in removing them while resurfacing the skin to appear normal, but is no less risky or time consuming than scalpel surgery.

I recommend that you see your practitioner for a accurate diagnosis and then to establish which treatment is best for you.

Regards Dr Sean Gomes

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

I presume you are taking additional protein in order to increase muscle and strength. Protein is an important building block for muscle synthesis. The best times to take protein are as follows: 1. Right after a workout - this is when your body goes into a stage of recovery and growth. Having the amino acids that make up the protein is key at this point.

2. First thing in the morning - because your body has just gone though 8 hours (or however long you sleep for) of not having food - so the protein levels are way down.

3. Before you go to sleep - this helps prevent the protein breakdown that naturally occurs when we sleep. If you are not trying to build muscle mass then this protein breakdown is fine. But if you are working out - you want to try to minimize any losses you suffer when you sleep and your protein metabolism slows down.

Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD

Chase (dr.) Webber Naturopath View profile

The best approach to losing weight is to begin a combined plan of daily exercise with a sensible nutritional plan. The exercise can be a daily walking program of 30-45minutes at a pace that gets your breathing slightly out-of-breath; and nutritionally - eat breakfast, lunch and supper made up of one third portion of: 1.A good lean protein such as fish, eggs, lean grain fed chicken, lean beef or lamb. 2.A good unrefined starch such as potato, rice, yams, butternut or pumkin. 3.A good salad vegetable such as tomato, carrots, spinach, watercress, rocket etc. or a good fruit such as apples, pears, peach, plum etc. By eating 3 meals made up using this one-third principle will give your body sufficient nutrition but because you stick to the correct proportion the body will correct its composition and you will slowley develop more natural taste cravings. Remember being CONSISTANT is better than being fanatical. regards Dr Chase.

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