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What does witchhazel do for hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Witch hazel is supposed to sooth and reduce irritation.
Unfortunately, over time many people will develop and skin sensitivity to witch hazel, like a contact dermatitis, so repeated use actually makes the problem worse. I do not recommend using any agent be it moisit wipes, cream etc, with witch hazel as an ingredient.

In brief: Depends

Witch hazel is supposed to sooth and reduce irritation.
Unfortunately, over time many people will develop and skin sensitivity to witch hazel, like a contact dermatitis, so repeated use actually makes the problem worse. I do not recommend using any agent be it moisit wipes, cream etc, with witch hazel as an ingredient.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Gentle clean & sooth

Witch hazel, an astringent from the bark of hamamelis plant, is found in many over the counter hemorrhoid preps.
Its effectiveness; it transforms/sooths the itchy thin skin, over the venous pressurized, irritated and dilated hemorroid. Rough scratching, or large caliber, hard stools can lead to even more irritation and bleeding.

In brief: Gentle clean & sooth

Witch hazel, an astringent from the bark of hamamelis plant, is found in many over the counter hemorrhoid preps.
Its effectiveness; it transforms/sooths the itchy thin skin, over the venous pressurized, irritated and dilated hemorroid. Rough scratching, or large caliber, hard stools can lead to even more irritation and bleeding.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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