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Basic Hemorrhoidal Skin Care

  • Dry toilet paper does not get you really clean and if your skin is at all damaged, it will make the anal area difficult to heal and make irritation worse.
  • After a bowel movement, you may use some dry paper to start with, but always finish cleaning with something wet.
  • Acceptable cleaning methods include:
    • Showers and bidets
    • Flushable and non-flushable baby wipes
    • Strong 3-ply toilet paper made wet in the sink
  • Remember: tribal societies cannot afford toilet paper, they wash after bowel movements, and hardly ever get hemorrhoid problems!
  • If the skin has been itchy and irritated…
    After washing, apply a thin coating of a barrier solution. Most creams and ointments rub off in a short time and fail to protect the skin for long. A zinc oxide based ointment like Calmoseptine or Desitin stays on all day and works better than most of the usual hemorrhoid products in the drug store.
  • Chronic itching and irritation symptoms that persist despite good skin care usually means there is an underlying problem, so make an appointment to see me if this is you!
Mark Bazalgette, M.D.
165 Rowland Way, Suite 200
Novato, CA 94945
Phone: 415-364-8918
Fax: 415-895-5870
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