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medicene of hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Sitz baths with epson salts for acutely inflamed, painful swelling, stool softeners (colace) for prevention of hard stools, witch hazel impregnated wipes for itching, for example.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Things to do: It 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 25 years experience
Provided original answer
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. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. Please discuss your hemorrhoids with your physician. If hemorrhoids become really problematic, it could require a visit to a general surgeon.
Aug 13, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 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 13, 2013

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Is there any particular cause for the development of hemorrhoids?

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