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How does witch hazel work on hemorrhoid swelling?

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 can I use witch hazel for hemorrhoids?

How can I use witch hazel for hemorrhoids?

Alcohol-free kind: There are many witch hazel products, but you want an alcohol-free one for hemorrhoids or it will burn. Thayer's has several kinds that you can get at health food stores -- I've even seen the pads for sale on amazon. Com. You simply apply the pads several times daily, & after wiping/cleansing after each bowel movement. The liquid can be put on a cotton ball and dabbed in the same way. ...Read more

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How often can I use tucks (witch hazel) for hemorrhoids?

I prefer None: Tucks have alcohol and witch hazel which I prefer not to use. Kleenex cottonelle moist wipes or fleet brand wipes or prep h wipes are better choices and no limits on their use. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use 100% witch hazel astringent on hemorrhoids?

Is it ok to use 100% witch hazel astringent on hemorrhoids?

Here are some...: This astringent preparation has been exclusively used to constrict skin pores to make skin smoother; so its use for hemorrhoids may induce similar effect which would vary among individual. Hence, you may try and see; if not better or even worsening, stop and seek pro-evaluation & counseling. Nonetheless, it's still most advisable to work and be counseled with Doc before its use for hemorrhoids. ...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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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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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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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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Discomfort from hemorrhoids is worse while having a bowel movemet. Should I wipe with witch hazel?

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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Hemorrhoid grade 3, bleeds for weeks/months when pushed back, needs to heal: low fiber a few days? Witch hazel wipes? No constipation, good shape.

Hemorrhoid grade 3, bleeds for weeks/months when pushed back, needs to heal: low fiber a few days? Witch hazel wipes? No constipation, good shape.

Do These In Addition: Do these in addition: -
use a stool softener,
use a sitz bath,
reduce the amount & length of time you strain to give the hemorrhoids time to heal (having a bm every other day is fine)
drink a lot of fluids, eat fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, nuts (cashew especially) can exacerbate the condition, stay away from nuts. Decongestants could make things worse. Suppositories could help.
Good luck! ...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

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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I have hemerroids have tried the warm baths, preperation h, & tucks (witch hazel). Both cream & wipes. They do not help with the itching or pain. What else can I do?

I have hemerroids have tried the warm baths, preperation h, & tucks (witch hazel). Both cream & wipes. They do not help with the itching or pain. What else can I do?

Visit a gener surgeon: I recommend seeing a general or colo-rectal surgeon to determine which type of hemorrhoids you have. The surgeon will recommend options, such as rubber band ligation, sitz baths or treatment for what is causing the hemorrhoids. ...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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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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