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Doctor insights on: How Effective Is A Sitz Bath In Relieving Hemorrhoid Symptoms

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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more


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Can I use epsom salts for hemorrhoids in a sitz bath?

Can I use epsom salts for hemorrhoids in a sitz bath?

Yes: That is typically what is recommended. You need to squat in the sitz bath to get the painful external hemorrhoids wee-soaked. ...Read more

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External hemorrhoides...what (no-prescription) treatments should I use? Sitz bath and ice once per day were not usefu

External hemorrhoides...what (no-prescription) treatments should I use? Sitz bath and ice once per day were not usefu

Treatment: There are many options to treat. Sitz baths are generally very good, but should be done 2-3 times per day. Pain control can be done with NSAIDs or topical anagesics. Tucks (witch hazel) pads will help with pain and itchiness. You can also try a steroid cream, but not for more than 5-7 days. Final option can be surgical removal if all else fails. ...Read more

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I've had what I think is hemorrhoids for over 2 years and have tried gels and sitz baths as well as avoiding the itching when I can. What should I do?

I've had what I think is hemorrhoids for over 2 years and have tried gels and sitz baths as well as avoiding the itching when I can. What should I do?

See a general surgeo: I recommend seeing a general surgeon to determine which type of hemorrhoids you have. (Internal or external). Rubber band ligation maybe your best option. ...Read more

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For 2+ weeks treating extn'l hemorrhoids with hydroctisone, sitz baths, & witch hazel, beside surgery what else can be done to reduce (not painful)?

For 2+ weeks treating extn'l hemorrhoids with hydroctisone, sitz baths, & witch hazel, beside surgery what else can be done to reduce (not painful)?

More time: Hemorrhoid symptoms range from mild discomfort to burning, itching, bleeding, pressure, mass or lump in the perianal area. Symptoms managed with shower, hairdryer to area, creams, antifungals, and Lidocaine gels applied locally. More severe pain, bleeding may be a fissure. A bowel regimen, laxatives, fiber, increased dietary liquids, probiotics to achieve 2 soft stools daily. Then time. ...Read more

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I have hemorrhoids that are bleeding & painful. Have done sitz baths, using prep h wipes & cream. Nothing is helping. Please advise?

See a surgeon: These sound like they have come to a point where you need professional care. See a colo-rectal or general surgeon. There are a number of treatments that will be helpful for you.

Good luck! ...Read more

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I have hemorrhoids not sure if internal or external prep h sups do work better than topical creams doing sitz baths not getting well any advice?

I have hemorrhoids not sure if internal or external prep h sups do work better than topical creams doing sitz baths not getting well any advice?

Hemorrhoids: This can take a very very long time, weeks or even months. Make sure your stools are soft. All that said, a warning, you can have more than one problem. You can have hemorrhoids and other problems at the same time that could cause bleeding at your age. ...Read more

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I have a large hemmoroid. Not sure if thrombosed. I have tried ice, sitz bath, prep h. No relief at all. Cant sleep. Its the size of a grape. Hurt bad?

See your doctor or: Other health professional. If it is painful and enlarged, it well may be thrombosed or even infected. This should not be self-treated. Go to your health care provider or to an urgent care center if you can't get a timely appointment. Continue what you are doing until you are seen - ice, sitz baths and ointments can help soothe it some, but it may need more definitive treatment. ...Read more

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I just gave birth 2wks ago and have a hemerrhoid. Doing the sitz bath and hydrocortisone but what else can I do to help alleviate it? Just wait?

I just gave birth 2wks ago and have a hemerrhoid. Doing the sitz bath and hydrocortisone but what else can I do to help alleviate it? Just wait?

If no pain also high: As long as you do not have pain and your bowel movements are regular and soft and you stay on a high fiber diet you can waiti. ...Read more

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What is sits bath in anus fissure and hemorrhoids?

What is sits bath in anus fissure and hemorrhoids?

Sitz bath: From Wikipedia, A sitz bath or hip bath is a bath in which a person sits in water up to the hips. It is used to relieve discomfort and pain in the lower part of the body, for example, due to hemorrhoids (piles), anal fissures, rectal surgery, an episiotomy...
A sitz bath may be created simply by filling a bathtub with some water and sitting in it for a few minutes. ...Read more

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I had a hemorrhoid burst and it still lightly bleeding, I have no access to a bath, how would I clean so it doesn't hurt?

I had a hemorrhoid burst and it still lightly bleeding, I have no access to a bath, how would I clean so it doesn't hurt?

Moistened wipes: Moist tissue, or better yet baby wipes with aloe work very well. You can also obtain a sitz bath, which is a shallow bath that you sit upon. A medical supply store can also provide a squirt bottle to spray the area clean. ...Read more

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Thrombosis hemorrhoid burst after a bath the other day and bled a lot. Now it is putting out puss and is very sore. What to do and how serious is it?

Thrombosis hemorrhoid burst after a bath the other day and bled a lot. Now it is putting out puss and is very sore. What to do and how serious is it?

Continue sitz bath.: Sit in warm tub, plain warm water at least four times a day. If problem continue after few days check with your MD ...Read more

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Would an ice bath help for intestinal inflammation like swollen hemorrhoids? What else could help, anti-inflammatory drugs?

Would an ice bath help for intestinal inflammation like swollen hemorrhoids? What else could help, anti-inflammatory drugs?

Sometimes sitz baths: Help which are not iced, but rather room temperature to help reduce swelling. There are medication for hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and pain that's safer than taking NSAIDS, that could cause some bruising, or oozing if bleeding is a problem. Talk to your PCP so s/he's aware of the problem, and it's documented. ...Read more

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I have had internal hemorrhoids anal fissures for 6 months on off gastro doc gave me cream it keeps going coming back did sizz bath how to fix this?

Colorectal surgeon: You may want to go back to the gastroenterologist, or check with a colorectal surgeon to be reassessed and have a determination made as to whether you may be a surgical candidate. Good luck, ...Read more

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Can I pop my hemorrhoids w/pin. Try everything but didn't work. Bath sit, cream doc. Prescription medicine & more. It get worse itchy rash bottom swollen?

Can I pop my hemorrhoids w/pin. Try everything but didn't work. Bath sit, cream doc. Prescription medicine & more. It get worse itchy rash bottom swollen?

Colorectal surgeon: Hi, you might have a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid and you need to be evaluated by a surgeon for anascopy and treatment. ...Read more

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Does apple cider vinegar really work on hemorrhoids? Told to bathe in it

Does apple cider vinegar really work on hemorrhoids? Told to bathe in it

YOW!!: Don't believe everything you hear. This would be ineffective at best, and could cause significant irritation to the perianal skin at worst. The basics: increase dietary fiber and fluid (especially water). Avoid straining at stool. Sitz baths are soothing. Stiil ahve concerns? See a colorectal surgeon for an examination and management. ...Read more

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Spouse has what appears to be hemorrhoid. Tried baths, PrepH, witch hazel, Advil, (ibuprofen) high fiber. Grossly uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

Spouse has what appears to be hemorrhoid. Tried baths, PrepH, witch hazel, Advil, (ibuprofen) high fiber. Grossly uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

Anusol: Should try Anusol HC which is a suppository. It contains steroid which usually results in reduction of the hemorrhoids. This is combination with high fiber diet and sitz baths will help. Worst case he will need surgery which is outpatient, but can be very painful. ...Read more

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Have a large protruding hemorrhoid. Have been in pain for 3 days. Should I go to the ER or wait to see a dr durring regular hrs I have been taking 3 to 4 sits baths a day. Using preparation h and resting

Have a large protruding hemorrhoid. Have been in pain for 3 days. Should I go to the ER or wait to see a dr durring regular hrs I have been taking 3 to 4 sits baths a day. Using preparation h and resting

IF the: Hemorrhoid is thrombosed it will have a dark purple color to it and be very firm to the touch. The best time to do somethiong for this is with 72 hrs of onset. Opening the overlying skin and removing the clot and ruptiured vein can be done in the office under local anesthesia and is very successful. See a colon rectal surgeon. Would not go to er as they often make things worse. Bed rest and warm s. ...Read more

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This is my first external hemorrhoid, will it just go away on its own? I've been using apple cider vinegar and witch hazel and will start Epsom baths

@ 31, it would B-: - best 2 have it evald by Ur GYN or PCP. It most likely will not get better. Ur treatment 2 date is 4 symptomatic relief. It may B best 2 have it removed by a general surgeon, especially if it persists or gets more symptomatic. ...Read more

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Does anusol get rid of hemorrhoids or does it just relieve the symptoms?

Does anusol get rid of hemorrhoids or does it just relieve the symptoms?

Relieve: Hemorrhoiss are a stretched blood vessel and skin. Anusol just relieves the symptoms, to get rid you need surgery or other intervention. ...Read more

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What is the best hemorrhoid cushion for the best effective relief?

Try a few: I believe the best would be if you can get as round inflatable on open in the middle (donut shape).Why don't u see a proctologist he can possibly relieve you from your problem once and for all and is not necessarily surgery. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 40w pregnant I ve external hemorrohid. Ointment. Hot bath doesn't help what should I do? It drives me mad. Even I can't sit down..

#1 u need to be: Delivered if u are 40 weeks and then the hemorrohid will get better, please call your OB to get induced, if u cannot get induced which u should since u are 40 weeks and have a problem then u need to see a rectal surgeon for txment but the surgeon would want u to be delivered first at 40 weeks the pregnancy does not need to go any futher. ...Read more

Sitz Bath (Definition)

Sitz baths are warm water baths to help soothe ...Read more