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Why Does Witch Hazel Work On Hemorrhoids
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
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
I have a prolapsed hemorrhoid for the past week. It flared up before. The area is about 5-7cm long and incredibly painful. I have used witch hazel.
See proctologist: Sounds like it's time to have it surgically removed ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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