A 52-year-old female asked:
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will prep for a colonoscopy irritate my hemorrhoids? how can i prevent them from becoming enlarged?

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Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience Family Medicine
Colonoscopy: The bowel movements can irritate your hemorrhoids. You can try a cortisone cream to decrease the irritation and also coat the hemorrhoid with desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) cream as a barrier before starting your bowel prep.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020
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Dr. David Stein
23 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Unfortunately yes: The bowel prep will cause the hemorrhoids to flare. Using witch hazel, tucks pads and desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) will help.
Answered on Jul 2, 2018
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