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External hemorrhoid home treatment suggestions?

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Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 21 years experience
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): The first line treatment for hemorrhoids is actually making sure that no hard stools are passing by the swollen hemorrhoidal tissue and causing more trauma and inflammation. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and generic MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) works well for most people to make the stool soft and allow healing of the hemorrhoids. If that doesn't solve the problem or if there is any bleeding then go see a surgeon for further treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Help: T is important not to make hemorrhoids worse. Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Cotton underwear is helpful as it absorbs moisture well. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel & warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. There are a number of over-the-counter medications that can used for anal itching, burning & pain. Preparation H is one of the more well known products. Oral Tylenol can also help with discomfort.
Aug 23, 2013
Last updated Feb 24, 2018
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