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Anal Fistula Signs and Treatment Dec 1st, 2022

An anal fistula is an infected tunnel that forms between a gland in your anus and your external skin. The anus is at the end of your digestive tract, where solid waste exits your body.  Several glands that create mucus are located inside your anus. Healthy glands drain to the...

Four Tips to Prepare for Your First Colonoscopy Nov 1st, 2022

Colonoscopy often gets a bad rap for its prep process, but preparation is actually a lot simpler than you might think. Getting ready ahead of time is a good way to stay comfortable and relaxed. As a top-rated proctologist in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Michael H. Tarlowe, MD, performs colonoscopies using the most advanced techniques...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore an Anal Wart Oct 1st, 2022

If you have anal warts, you might be too embarrassed to talk about them. But guess what? Ignoring them could put you at increased risk for certain cancers — and it can certainly increase the risk that you’ll pass them on to someone else. There’s something else you should know...

Healthy Gut Habits You Should Embrace Today Sep 1st, 2022

Every cell of your body depends on a steady supply of nutrients to maintain normal function. Considering that all those nutrients pass through your digestive system, it makes sense that having a healthy gut is critically important for your overall health. At his practice in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Michael H. Tarlowe,...

Fiber: Your Natural Remedy for Constipation and Hemorrhoid Pain Aug 1st, 2022

Eat more fiber: You’ve probably heard that bit of dietary advice at least once. But why is fiber so important? And how can it help you manage common bowel problems, like constipation and painful hemorrhoids? Bowel problems like hemorrhoids and constipation are pretty common: About 16 out of every 100 Americans suffer...

Warning Signs Your Hernia Needs Medical Attention Jul 1st, 2022

Hernias are pretty common — in fact, roughly 10% of Americans will have some type of hernia at some point during their lifetimes. Hernias happen when an organ “pokes” through a weak area in the muscle wall that surrounds it, causing symptoms like pain, burning, and a characteristic bulge. You’re more likely...

How Staying Hydrated Can Help You Avoid Common Anal Issues Jun 1st, 2022

Everyone knows that a high-fiber diet is important for maintaining good bowel health. But what a lot of people don’t know is that it’s also essential to drink plenty of fluids — ideally, water or other unsweetened, caffeine-free beverages. As a leading proctologist in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Michael H. Tarlowe,...

Tips for Preparing for Your Colonoscopy May 1st, 2022

Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening, using a minimally invasive technique aimed at locating even small intestinal growths (called polyps) so they can be removed and evaluated.  At our practice in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Michael Tarlowe, MD, uses advanced colonoscopy techniques for the highest degree of diagnostic accuracy. If a...

5 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Hemorrhoids Apr 8th, 2022

If you’ve ever had a hemorrhoid, you know how uncomfortable they can be. And if you’ve never had one, well, there’s a good chance you’ll experience that discomfort at some point in your future.  That’s because although hemorrhoids affect about 1 out of every 20 Americans on average, they also...

Diet Changes That Help Your Colon Mar 1st, 2022

As a major part of your digestive system, your colon (large intestine) is directly affected by the foods you eat. That probably doesn’t come as a big surprise: Most of us have eaten something that didn’t “agree” with us, resulting in an unwelcome change in bowel habits. By watching which...

Should I Be Concerned About My Anal Warts? Feb 1st, 2022

It’s easy to feel embarrassed (and even concerned) if you have anal warts, but the fact is, these small, fleshy growths are really common. Like genital warts, anal warts are caused by the humanpapillomavirus (HPV), a common family of viruses that infects millions of people every year. At our practice...

What's Causing My Anal Fissure? Jan 1st, 2022

Mild pain or discomfort following a bout of constipation or a particularly hard bowel movement is fairly common. But if you have chronic, ongoing pain — especially if it’s accompanied by bleeding — you might have a tiny cut called an anal fissure. Anal fissures are experienced by many people,...

What Can Be Done for My Painful Pilonidal Cyst? Dec 1st, 2021

It’s not uncommon to get a painful pimple on your buttocks. But if you have a tender lump that forms at the very top of your buttock crease, it might not be a zit — it could be an infected pilonidal cyst. At our practice in Coral Springs, Florida, Michael...

Why a Hemorrhoidectomy Might Be Right for the Removal of Your Hemorrhoids Nov 1st, 2021

About 1 out of every 20 Americans suffers from hemorrhoids, with symptoms like pain, itching, and bleeding when they move their bowels. While some mild hemorrhoids go away on their own, many people only find relief with medical treatments from their doctor. At his practice in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Michael...

Causes of Anal Warts (and What to Do About Them) Oct 1st, 2021

On any given day, about 1 out of every 100 sexually active American adults has active genital warts caused by the extremely common human papillomavirus (HPV). While most people think of genital warts affecting only their genitals, warts also can form around or inside the anus too. Like other warts...

What Happens During a Colonoscopy? Sep 1st, 2021

Colonoscopy is the gold standard for detecting colon cancer in its early stages, yet about a third of older American adults don’t bother to get screened. Some of that reluctance is undoubtedly due to a little anxiety about what happens during a colonoscopy and what to expect after the procedure....

Warning Signs of an Anal Fissure Aug 2nd, 2021

They may not get as much attention of hemorrhoids, but in the United States, anal fissures are common, affecting nearly a quarter million people every year. The key to healing an anal fissure is to get treatment as early as possible — and that starts with learning what signs to...

The Link Between Your Diet and Hemorrhoids Jul 13th, 2021

About 1 out of every 20 Americans — roughly 5% — suffers from the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids. If you’re over 50, that number is about 10 times as high — closer to 50%. While chronic symptomatic hemorrhoids may need surgery, many people can relieve their symptoms with some...

Understanding the Different Treatments for an Anal Fistula Jun 1st, 2021

Anal abscesses can be incredibly painful, typically occurring when an infection in an anal gland goes untreated or isn’t treated aggressively enough. Over time, a pus-filled abscess may cause changes in the skin around the anus, eventually leading to an even more painful problem called an anal fistula. Michael H....

How to Alleviate the Presence and Pain of Hemorrhoids May 17th, 2021

Hemorrhoids are, unfortunately, very common among both women and men, and they tend to become more common with age. In fact, the National Institutes of Health says if you’re over age 50, you’ve got about a 50% chance of developing these painful, enlarged veins. With offices in White Plains, New...

Causes of a Pilonidal Cyst and How to Remove It Apr 12th, 2021

Pilonidal cysts are cysts that form at the top crease of the buttocks, just below the base of your tailbone. Although many people have never heard of them, they’re actually pretty common: Every year in the United States, about 70,000 pilonidal cysts are treated. Pilonidal cysts can be quite painful,...

When Should I Get a Colonoscopy? Mar 11th, 2021

Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colorectal cancer in its early stages for two important reasons: It’s reliable and accurate It can allow the doctor to visualize the colon and remove suspicious tissue in one procedure In fact, colonoscopy plays such an important role in detecting cancer, the American...

Treatment for Your Soft Tissue Tumors Feb 10th, 2021

When most people hear the words “soft tissue tumor,” they think of malignant cancers that can spread to other parts of the body. But not all soft tissue tumors are malignant; in fact, two of the more common types — lipomas and skin cysts — are benign and almost never...

The Importance of Diagnosing Your Anal Warts Jan 6th, 2021

Almost 80 million Americans are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), making HPV the most common sexually-transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. Many people with HPV suffer from a relatively common “side effect” of the infection — anal warts.  Like genital warts (which are also caused by HPV), anal...

What Causes Anorectal Fistulas and What Are My Treatment Options? Dec 1st, 2020

Most of us have some type of temporary rectal pain from time to time. Often, painful symptoms are caused by passing a large or very dry stool that stretches the anal sphincter beyond its normal limits. Other times, pain is due to hemorrhoids either inside or outside the rectum.  But...

Help for Your Hemorrhoids Nov 3rd, 2020

Do you have hemorrhoids? You’re not alone. Statistics show about one out of every 20 Americans suffer from hemorrhoids, and that number is even greater among older men and women.  Also called piles, hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels located inside the rectum or around the anus.  If you have hemorrhoids,...

Does a Hernia Always Require Surgery? Oct 15th, 2020

Hernias occur when a weak spot in your muscle wall allows an organ or other tissue to protrude beyond its normal boundaries. The most common types of hernias are those that occur in the belly or groin area. Hernias don’t heal on their own, but not all hernias cause symptoms....

The Most Common Causes of Anal Fissures Sep 1st, 2020

Every year, about 250,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with anal fissures, making them a relatively common problem among people of all ages. It may be difficult to know when to get treatment — and how to avoid developing a fissure in the first place. Michael H Tarlowe,...

What to Expect During and After Your First Colonoscopy Aug 12th, 2020

Turning 45? Then it’s time for cake, presents — and your first colorectal cancer screening.That’s right — the American Cancer Society recommends screening beginning at age 45 for most people. And for many men and women, that means having their first colonoscopy. While there are different methods for colorectal cancer...

What’s the Difference Between External and Internal Hemorrhoids? Jul 23rd, 2020

Hemorrhoids can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. Luckily, there are effective treatments for hemorrhoids, so it’s easier than you think to get rid of this fairly common problem.  Michael Tarlowe, MD, PC is a proctologist and general surgeon at our offices in White Plains, New York, and Manhattan in...