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Is preparation h or tucks (witch hazel) more effective? Which one is easier to use?

Is preparation h or tucks (witch hazel) more effective? Which one is easier to use?

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

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What is the best way to relive large, external hemorrhoids, while 28 weeks pregnant? Tucks (witch hazel) and Preparation H aren't doing a thing.

What is the best way to relive large, external hemorrhoids, while 28 weeks pregnant? Tucks (witch hazel) and Preparation H aren't doing a thing.

Time: I believe your ob doctor will tell you to wait. The hemorrhoids will most likely go away in about 3 months with the birth of your child If not they will get better. You can use some cortisone containing cream that may help. You can also use some local anesthetic ointment to help you along for now. ...Read more

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I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have a big external hemorrhoids, what pain medication or suppository can I take? Tucks (witch hazel) and preparation H don't help at all

I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have a big external hemorrhoids, what pain medication or suppository can I take? Tucks (witch hazel) and preparation H don't help at all

May need surgery: See your doctor to evaluate it. Sometime external henmorrhoids (if thrombosed or clotted) need surgery to relieve the pressure and the pain. ...Read more

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Should I buy witch hazel liquid or prep h for my hemorrhoids?

Neither: I don't recommend witch hazel as many people will develop a contact dermatitis to witch hazel. Prep h has nothing that has ever been shown tro treat hemorrhoids other than as a lubricant. If a patient tells me prep h helps, I know they do not have significant hemorrhoidal problems. ...Read more

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For hemorrhoids what's the difference between distilled witch hazel and prep h?

For hemorrhoids what's the difference between distilled witch hazel and prep h?

Hemorrhoids: Witch hazel is a plant extract which was used medicinally by American Indians. It has astringent & antioxidant qualities & has been used to reduce swelling. Witch hazel products that do not contain alcohol may be gentler on the skin. Preparation H Medicated Hemorrhoidal Wipes contain Witch Hazel and Aloe. ...Read more

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What is preparation h cream used for?

Nothing: Prep h has no documented benefit except as a lubricant. But if it helps, then you probably have minimal hemorrhoidal problems. ...Read more

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Will preparation h get into my breastmilk?

Will preparation h get into my breastmilk?

Breastmilk: Assuming you are using it in the appropriate dose on a hemorrhoid, it is safe to use while breastfeeding. You can also use tucks (witch hazel) which are given in the hospitals post-partum and are cool and soothing to the perineum. ...Read more

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Does preparation h cream enlarge the prostate?

Does preparation h cream enlarge the prostate?

No: Preparation h cream is a cream to help soothe and help resolve acute inflammation of hemorrhoids. It should not affect the prostate gland. ...Read more

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How much does preparation h shrink your piles?

How much does preparation h shrink your piles?

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

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Is preparation h used for skin tightening permanent or temporary?

Is preparation h used for skin tightening permanent or temporary?

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

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About how long will a hemorrhoid take to go away when using preparation h?

About how long will a hemorrhoid take to go away when using preparation h?

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

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Can preparation h be used for other things?

Can preparation h be used for other things?

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

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Will preparation h help with anal spasms?

Will preparation h help with anal spasms?

Unlikely: As prep h has no benefit other than as a lubricant. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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Anusol vs preparation h - which is better?

Neither is: Very helpful if you have significant hemorrhoidal issues although Anusol Hc with hydrocortisine as a cream is probably going to give more relief for minor irritations. ...Read more

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Can minor hemoroids go away using preparation h?

Can minor hemoroids go away using preparation h?

Yes: Symptomatic improvement with topical therapy high iber high fluid diet. ...Read more

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Would minor hemoroids go away using preparation h?

Nothing: Prep h has no documented benefit except as a lubricant. But if it helps, then you probably have minimal hemorrhoidal problems. ...Read more

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Are there any other remedies for hemmorhoids other than preparation h?

Are there any other remedies for hemmorhoids other than preparation h?

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

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How long after using preparation h will? A hemarrhoid go away completely?

How long after using preparation h will? A hemarrhoid go away completely?

Not soon enough!: If only swelling/irritated, should go in a few days--if has a blood clot, may take weeks. Many things people think are hemorrhoids are really not, so if pain persists more than few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use preparation h sapasotory and proctosol cream for external walls?

Can I use preparation h sapasotory and proctosol cream for external walls?

Yes: 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

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Can you tell me some other remedies for hemmorhoids other than preparation h?

Can you tell me some other remedies for hemmorhoids other than preparation h?

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

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How do you use preparation h suppositories? Do you take it out or leave it in? Does it hurt? Please help!

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

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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?

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?

Bath tub: 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

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Is preparation h good for anal fissure?

Is preparation h good for anal fissure?

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

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Will preparation h affect an anal fissure?

Not likely: Most fissure will respond to stool softeners, sitz baths, and a prescription cream to allow the anal muscles to relax (nifedipine). Preparation h does not usually help. ...Read more

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Why is preparation h making my hemorrhoids itch?

Why is preparation h making my hemorrhoids itch?

Hemmorhoids: 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

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Does preparation h help hemorrhoids go back in place?

Does preparation h help hemorrhoids go back in place?

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

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Are preparation h suppositories okay for pregnant women?

Are preparation h suppositories okay for pregnant women?

Yes: Preparation H is safe for pregnant women. It is commonly prescribed for external hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Can an external hemorrhoid be healed / cured with just preparation-h?

Can an external hemorrhoid be healed / cured with just preparation-h?

May help: External hemorrhoids are skin tags, or excessive skin grown due to large hemrroid mass, once appear will not shrink on their own, your cream may help symptoms, only way to cure external hemorrhoids is surgical remova if they are botheringl. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is okay if your hemorrhoids bleed after using preparation h?

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

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Can preparation h reduce body fat?

No: Prep h is a decent lubricant but has no other real benefit and certainly does not reduce body fat. ...Read more

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Does preparation h get rid of wrinkles?

Does preparation h get rid of wrinkles?

No: Butt it may help with dark circles beneath your eyes... ...Read more

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Will preparation h cause dark stool or bad smell?

Will preparation h cause dark stool or bad smell?

No but it: Has very little benefit if anything at all for hemorrhoids or fissures. Rest assured if it helps, you do not have serious hemorrhoid problems. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use preparation h for anal itching / dryness?

Is it ok to use preparation h for anal itching / dryness?

Don't recommend: Anal itching is usually due to excessive caffeine intake or excessive moisture. Prep h won't hurt but probably won't help if either of the above are the cause. Correct the cause. ...Read more

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Is it alright to use preparation h cream during pregnancy?

Is it alright to use preparation h cream during pregnancy?

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

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Can preparation h be used internally for internal hemorrhoids?

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

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