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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 ›
Hemmorhoids: Yes there are in office procedures like banding that can be done to manage the disease as well as non surgical behavioral and dietary modifications. ...Read more
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 more
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
Temporary: My understanding is that the ingredient in prep h that draws water from the skin has been removed. But even if I'm wrong, it is still only a temporary solution - your body moves water into any area of subcutaneous tissue that lacks it; so the "tightening" effect will last only until you stop applying prep h. ...Read more
It depends: Some patients present with complaints of hemorrhiods and they may have something as minimal as skin tags or something as bad as a neoplasm. The vast majority will have :fissures, thrombosed external hemorrhiods, prolapsed internal hemorhriods with either itching or bleeding. Prep -h may help with these but may not other times. If persist rec see a dr. ...Read more
I had a hemeroid at the entrance of my butt a month ago, now its a soft lump. I tried preparation h but I find it makes my but in pain. Is it hemeroid?
Preparation H...: ...Doesn't usually cause pain. I recommend having your doctor look at it so he can tell you if it's a hemorrhoid or not. ...Read more
Yes: Preparation H is safe for pregnant women. It is commonly prescribed for external hemorrhoids. ...Read more
Maybe: The astringents in prep h that shrink hemorrhoids may also shrink the inflammation of a pimple, but there are far more appropriate medications available otc that will probably work far better than prep h. If you don't want to see a doctor, your pharmacist is a good resource for options here. ...Read more
Anal fissure: Anal fissures are often caused by chronic constipation and straining on defecation. Focus on keeping stools soft with a healthy, fiber-rich diet. Preparation h is primarily for hemorrhoidal relief, but could help fissure discomfort since there is a lubricating component to preparation h. Alternatively, you can also apply petroleum jelly if painful. See your md if severe. ...Read more
Treats not cures: There are several formulations of preparation h - some products have phenylephrine, a drug that constricts blood vessels, as active ingredient, in a 0.25% concentration, others have hydrocortisone, in a 1% concentration, which reduces inflammation and swelling. None cure hemorrhoids, but does decrease the acute discomfort and swelling. ...Read more
Neither: Nothing in preparation h that works for anything other than as a lubricant and I do not use tucks wipes or any adult wipe with lanolin, alcohol or witch hazel. You do not say what your problem is so I can not offer alternative suggestions with the information you have submitted. ...Read more
I have a hemorrhoid that is hurting bad. Is lidocaine creme not ok to put on it...I am in pain preparation h not working?
See a surgeon: If it isn't getting better with local measures, you likely need a minor local procedure to relieve a clot in the hemorrhoid. Sitz baths can help as well. ...Read more
Preparation h works but makes me itch. Tucks (witch hazel) ointment doesn't make me itch but it doesn't work. What should I do?
Add cortisone: There are many anal cortisone preparations that may help to reduce itching. ...Read more
YEs: But prep h won't help other than as a lubricant. The best thing you can do during pregnancy to avoid hemorrhoid issues and constipation is to be sure you are drinking 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily and put up with the frequent urination. Much better to void frequently than to have to deal with hemorrhoids. ...Read more
Use suppositories: Preparation h also comes in suppositories probably more convenient for internal rectal discomfort. The cream or ointment contains Hydrocortisone 1% unless pt feels discomfort when applying it internally I do not think is absolutely contraindicated or may cause any serious harm. Only when there is a suspicion for infection with yeastnor bacteria we should avoid it. ...Read more
No: They help relief the symptoms.Get a more detailed answer ›
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more
Sometimes: There are many otc remedies for hemorrhoid flare ups. Just keep in mind that a doctor check up is necessary if you are not getting better on otc med. Even if the diagnosis is correct, otc remedies will not help with more advanced grades of hemorrhoids. ...Read more
Generally not on their own.
Anusol and perperatin h havs steroids hence help to calm down inflammation
combination of things with lifestyle change including high fiber diet (morethen 25 gm/ day) with regular excercise to aid in bowel mobility, adequate consumption of water and stool softners like docusate sodium help with prevention and to get rid of hemorrhoids. ...Read more
They used preparation h in the hospital after we had babies. I didn't have hemorrhoids. What was it for?
Pregnancy and hemorr: Everyone has hemorrhoidal veins in their ano-rectal opening and pregnancy always worsens the condition which usually resolves after delivery. I would not recommend prep-h for this situation. Limiting straining, sitz baths, using good soft toilet paper, limit time on toilet, push fluids, and high fiber diet or additives would work better as would desiten ointment for symptoms of hems. ...Read more