2 months ago I had some very minor itching and slight pain with bowel movement. I got some witch hazel wipes and figured it would go away. About 2 weeks ago I had some constipation and there was a small amount of blood on the toilet paper, since then I have been eating more fiber and have been going more regularly but the mild pain, itch and burning persist. Would I be able to use an otc hydrocortisone cream for a week? I wanted to but have been nervous to use it because of the skin thinning side effects... Any advice?
You are on the right track. There are Internal & External hemorrhoids.
Rectal bleeding is a symptom of other diseases so it would be wise to have your doctor verify them at your next visit.
Chronic constipation or diarrhea
Sitting on the toilet for prolonged period
-High fiber diet
-Witch hazel wipes
-Steroid suppositories but no more than a week due to skin thinning, like you mentioned.
***Warm sitz baths 3 x day for 10-15 min. -Sitz baths can be placed over toilet seats.
-Don't strain for bowel movements.
-Don't use toilet paper. Wipe instead with moist towelettes treated with witch hazel.
-Apply cold compresses for swelling.
-Pain relievers like Ibuprofen.
-Use of a foot stool when using the toilet. It's a more natural position.
If you are over 30 and never had a colonoscopy, definitely bring it to your doc's attention.
Knowing what you have will allow you to be proactive in changing your lifestyle.
Shark; Yes just as Windchime has put down. Very easy to get under control You may want to go to the pharmacy and talk with the Pharmacist they sell over the counter now a product called Anusol HC CREAM and you can apply it to the external ones and as they shrink I have just pushed them back in with very little discomfort. But use the cream until your back to normal. Also, you should think of a stool softener like DSS is the generic name for Colace 100mg twice daily. If you continue to have problems see your doctor. But when I was going through Chemotherapy and still now due to some of the medications I'm still on I use this all the time and the cream really helps the irritation and burning but I really would continue with the fiber but take the stool softener also. and baby wipes are great too. good luck my friend.P.S. I find when they were very bad to apply the cream externally and just put a little bit of pressure on them and they well just kind of fall back in place but try not to strain. also, Stool softener are not habit forming to you like some Laxatives are. Best of luck Chuck1957 Do not worry about the cream that enters the rear. It's safe to put some there too.
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