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Alternatives To Preparation H
Yes but why?: Prep h contains astringents which help shrink swollen tissues, and a lubricant--helpful with irritated anal tissues but not appropriate to use elsewhere. Try something made for the area that irritates you rather than possibly introducing something harmful. ...Read more
Nothing: Prep h has no documented benefit except as a lubricant. But if it helps, then you probably have minimal hemorrhoidal problems. ...Read more
Piles: Sure, worth a try.Get a more detailed answer ›
35 year old gentleman with hemorrhoids and symptoms wants to use over the counter remedies.
Of course, you can use these over the counter remedies. However, you should see your doctor for a full exam. Another thing to consider is to eat a diet high in vegetables and fiber, stay hydrated, and avoid straining. Hemorrhoids have several stages and you can get banding and other indicated treatments. ...Read more
Depends: On what symptoms you are having. But if no symptoms such as pain bleeding, prolapse, no need to treat. Maintain a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids, avoid constipation or diarrhea, don't strain or read on toilet. May be a candidate for rubber band ligation or hemorrhoidectomy. ...Read more
How do you use preparation h suppositories? Do you take it out or leave it in? Does it hurt? Please help!
See below: Suppository is designed to slide into anus (pointy end first). Have a high oil content so slide easily. Designed to dissolve to deliver medication (prep h-decreases swelling of hemorrhoids). Yes, leave it in-it dissolves. Shouldn't hurt but if you're tense, it can feel tight. Try some deep breaths & inserting it as you exhale. Can wear a glove or wash hands after. Ick factor is the worst part. ...Read more
I have had a hemmoroid for about 2 yrs. I use preparation h but it is very painful and bleeds. Is there anything I can do temporarily?
You can soak it in warm water in the bath tub. That will eliminate the pain and get the irritation down.
The question is the pain coming from your hemorrhoid. Do you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which could be very painful?
Your pain may also be coming from a fissure in the area. This could be very painful and cause bleeding.
A sitz bath or warm water in bath tub may help a lot.
See your doctor otherwise. ...Read more
It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to one of the ingredients in the medication
this should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon
you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read more
If your: Hemorrhoids are bleeing this is not normal nor do you know for sure if this is the only source of the bleeding. Prep h is absolutely worthless for any significant hemorrhoid problems. See a colon and rectal surgeon to be sure nothing more serious is present and causing the bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much!: Some of the compounds in prep h will reduce edema (part of the swelling in external hemorrhoids), but chronic (ie. Of long duration) hemorrhoids will hardly budge. Some prescription meds may offer more help, but only your doctor can differentiate what might help, so go see him/her! ...Read more