Hi, after I have a bowel movement, what is the best thing to use to clean yourself? Wet toilet paper? I heard baby wipes was bad. Also, I was thinking about using a 100% Aloe Vera gel in and around the anal fissure, but doesn't the area in and around the fissure need to be clean first? If so, how should I clean it (I can't use soap, right?)? And how often should I apply the Aloe Vera?
Some background info: I've had what I believe to be an anal fissure for about 1-2 months now, and it generally produces small amounts of blood that are visible when I wipe myself. There's only small pain when the stool exits (even if the stool is soft), but quickly subsides and I don't feel it anymore until my next bowel movement when the stool exits. I was previously washing my anal area with soap after every bowel movement (for like my whole life of 30 years), but will stop that practice starting today, since I think it has dried it out.