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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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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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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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How much do tummy tucks (witch hazel) usually hurt?

How much do tummy tucks (witch hazel) usually hurt?

Some more thn others: It will vary on the extent of the procedure ( skin resection, areas of lipo, and the extent of the rectus diastasis). Pain meds and muscle relaxants will be commonly prescribed and used for the first two weeks. A pain pump may also help to diminish the clearly post-operative pain. ...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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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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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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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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Will witch hazel dry out my skin and make anal fissure worse?

Will witch hazel dry out my skin and make anal fissure worse?

Witch Hazel: is not ONLY DRYING it's IRRITATING!.... You need to consult with your PCP about ways to treat your anal fissure. SITZ baths in hot (but not BURNING)Water may help the discomfort! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...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 cool-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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How does witch hazel astrigent help your acne?

How does witch hazel astrigent help your acne?

Sometimes: For some people the high tannins can have anti inflammatory effects, reduce irritation, balance ph, and reduce the bacteria that causes acne. It does not help everyone but is an expensive product to try. ...Read more

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How much does tummy tucks (witch hazel) cost?

How much does tummy tucks (witch hazel) cost?

varies: Costs vary by location. You may find a plastic surgeon through the american board of plastic surgery. Some physicians will provide quotes over the phone. Nationally it appears that tummy tucks (witch hazel) range from $5000-$10, 000. ...Read more

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Will witch hazel help on severe stasis dermatitis?

Will  witch hazel help on severe stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: Although extensive work has been completed in the study of treatment of venous ulcers, no large, well-controlled trials examine the treatment of stasis dermatitis. The overall mainstay of treatment has always been aimed at lessening the clinical impact of the underlying venous insufficiency, which is typically accomplished with compression therapy. ...Read more

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What will you do about tummy tucks (witch hazel) after delivery?

Not a Good Idea: Best to wait on having tummy tuck surgery after you have achieved a long-term stable weight. In other words, allow your body to “bounce back” as much as possible prior to proceeding. Also, not a good idea to undergo major surgery with a “new delivery” at home. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will preparation h really work on pimples?

Will preparation h really work on pimples?

Maybe: The astringents in prep h that shrink hemorrhoids may also shrink the inflammation of a pimple, but there are far more appropriate medications available otc that will probably work far better than prep h. If you don't want to see a doctor, your pharmacist is a good resource for options here. ...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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Can you use tucks (witch hazel) pads on your nipples after pumping?

Can you use tucks (witch hazel) pads on your nipples after pumping?

No: this would also dry and constrict the nipples which will not be good. If you are looking to sooth the nipples try vitamin e or aloe. Wash the nipple before feeding the baby next though. ...Read more

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