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The skin on my anus is really dry and cracked and now it is starting to bleed. What do I do?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Vaseline

I would try a small amount of barrier cream such as vaseline.
If this persists, have it looked at. This is a relatively uncommon complaint. I would automatically see your physician if your 40 or over, .

In brief: Vaseline

I would try a small amount of barrier cream such as vaseline.
If this persists, have it looked at. This is a relatively uncommon complaint. I would automatically see your physician if your 40 or over, .
Dr. Howard Hack
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Do not use

Any alcohol based moist wipes such as tucks (witch hazel).
Cracking of the skin could be psoriasis, or another dermatological entity. I would not use any petroleum based ointments including vaseline. B e sure you are not using any caffeine. If this doesn't resolve you need to see a colorectal surgeon and may need a biopsy if the diagnosis is not apparent/obvious.

In brief: Do not use

Any alcohol based moist wipes such as tucks (witch hazel).
Cracking of the skin could be psoriasis, or another dermatological entity. I would not use any petroleum based ointments including vaseline. B e sure you are not using any caffeine. If this doesn't resolve you need to see a colorectal surgeon and may need a biopsy if the diagnosis is not apparent/obvious.
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