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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: Might help

It might help, but if it is worse with a bm, the best thing is probably to eat more fiber and use stool softeners.

In brief: Might help

It might help, but if it is worse with a bm, the best thing is probably to eat more fiber and use stool softeners.
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Maybe

I personally do not recommend witchhazel preparations.
A good moist adult wipe without lanolin, witch hazel or alcohol is appropriate to use such as kleenex cottonelle, fleet wipes or prep h wipes are reasonable choices.

In brief: Maybe

I personally do not recommend witchhazel preparations.
A good moist adult wipe without lanolin, witch hazel or alcohol is appropriate to use such as kleenex cottonelle, fleet wipes or prep h wipes are reasonable choices.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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