Posted on Jul 31, 2020, 6 p.m.
At some point in your life you may experience common digestive problems such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures that can result in itching, pain, general annoyance and discomfort that will have you searching for advice on how to soothe the sensitive area and get you sitting comfortably on your booty once more.
The anus is the external opening for the lower intestines, fecal materials collect in the rectum to be passed outside the body via this opening. If the intestines are giving you some issues you may also be experiencing some anal discomfort as several digestive health problems can cause anal itch, pain, tenderness, annoyance and anal discomfort.
Anal fissures, although typically a small tear, can be extremely painful. This is often caused when passing hard stools but can also occur from the irritation of diarrhea, Hemorrhoids all begin the same way when a vein in the anus or rectum becomes engorged with blood and swells, this can be rather painful and is generally due to straining to have a bowel movement/constipation. Diarrhea is the frequent passage of watery stool which is accompanied by the frequent wiping that can cause irritation and discomfort. Constipation is hard and infrequent or difficult to pass stool that can result in pain even when it does not cause a hemorrhoid or fissure. Any and all of these can lead to a very sore bottom.
It is recommended to work on dietary changes, supplementation or a medication to deal with the discomfort associated with diarrhea or constipation, which in turn will also relieve anal itch or pain. Fiber can be helpful for these conditions, but it may not be wise to go over the suggested dose as this can cause bloating in some people.
Whether experiencing discomfort or not, it is always important to keep the anus area clean of any fecal matter, but it may be best to avoid using soaps that can further irritate already sensitive skin. Warm water can work well to relieve anal discomfort, as such a sitz bath in shallow warm water for around 10 minutes a few times a day can help to soothe as irritated anus. It might be best to allow the area to air dry, or if you must gently dab the area with a clean towel rather than rub it dry.
Some find relief by applying a cream or ointment to create a protective barrier on the sensitive and sore skin, this can also help to protect from exposure to feces and ease anal discomfort and itch. A slight dusting of cornstarch or unmedicated talcum powder may also help to keep the area a bit more comfortable as well.
When this area is irritated moisture can further irritate the skin, wearing loose fitting clothing and cotton undergarments will help to allow air to circulate which can be soothing.
Rather than using dry toilet paper to wipe with try using a moist towelette that will gently slide over the area without pulling at it. But make sure that it does not contain alcohol which is drying and will further aggravate the skin while adding a sting, and if you are going to be flushing it make sure that it is flushable.
Ice packs can also help to reduce anal discomfort and help to alleviate the painful swelling of hemorrhoids. Additionally, over the counter pain relieving medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to manage anal pain and discomfort.
Ointments or creams that contain witch hazel can help to numb sore hemorrhoids and relive most anal discomfort, while hydrocortisone creams generally work well on itches. It is recommended to consult with your primary care giver before using either.
While hemorrhoids or anal fissure are healing if you are still straining to have a bowel movement, you are most likely in a significant amount of pain, and you are at an increased risk of getting another hemorrhoid or reopening the fissure. Taking a stool softener can help in this situation, however it is recommended to consult with your primary care provider beforehand.
While these are some of the at home fixes that can help to relieve anal discomfort, itch, annoyance and pain you really will need to identify the cause of the pain and resolve your digestive health issue to effectively treat your source of anal discomfort. If the cause of these issues is not addressed you will continue to experience the discomforts associated with the burning ring of fire. While most times it is simple to deal with, it can also be a sign of something more serious, especially if it is a frequent event. As such it is recommended to consult with your primary care provider or certified medical professional to address frequent bouts.
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