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

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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...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 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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How does witch hazel work on hemorrhoid swelling?

Witch Hazel: 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. ...Read more

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How to get rid of external hemorrhoids? Witch hazel?

How to get rid of external hemorrhoids? Witch hazel?

No: You can never remove all of the external hemorrhoids even with surgery. What most people think are external hemorrhoids are actually residual benign skin tags from prior hemorrhoidal flares. I personally do not recommend witch hazel ever, as many people will develop a sensitivity reaction, like an allergic reaction, to it after repeated use. ...Read more

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Does tucks (witch hazel) get rid of hemorrhoids or just soothe them?

Does tucks (witch hazel) get rid of hemorrhoids or just soothe them?

Neither: I don't recommend tucks due to the alcohol and witch hazel. However they can soothe to some extent. I recommend kleenex cottonelle wipes as a better alternative. ...Read more

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Does tucks (witch hazel) pads get rid of hemorrhoids or does it just take away the pain?

Does tucks (witch hazel) pads get rid of hemorrhoids or does it just take away the pain?

No and maybe: Only some type of surgery will get "rid" of the hemoprrhoids. Topical agents only ease some of the symptoms to a varying degree. Proper diet and fluids is the best form of management. ...Read more

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Discomfort from hemorrhoids is worse while having a bowel movemet. Should I wipe with witch hazel?

Witch hazel: 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 can be used for hemorrhoids. Some wipes contain combination of witch hazel and aloe. Products that do not contain alcohol may be gentler on the skin. Alcohol on the anus could sting. ...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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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