Why I Keep Preparation H in the House

Why keep Preparation H in the house, even if you don’t have a hemorrhoid?

Never forget that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I came down with the flu last month, it was a nasty week of fever and mucus. After 4-5 days I gave in and went to the doctor. I was prescribed the “Z-pak” (a.k.a. Zithromycin), a strong 4-day treatment of antibiotics.

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Always keep some Preparation H in the house.

As soon as my flu symptoms went away, I had the misfortune of dealing with the Z-Pak hangover. This stuff is brutal. I did not even finish them all – I took 2 the first day, as directed, and 1 on the 2cd day. By the end of day 2 I had had enough. I had not had diarrhea like this in years. I was taking my daily does of Metamucil, but it was not holding everything together like it normally does.

I remembered that I had a rotten case of diarrhea just before my last hemorrhoid, and a frightening thought came over me. What if I start to feel better, but then have to nurse a hemorrhoid? No Thanks. So I grabbed the Preparation H and I lubricated my rear-end for more than a week, until pooping returned to normal. Just to be uber-safe, I still have it nearby. I can only assume that my butt suffered a little damage as a result of the Z-Pak diarrhea.

Would I have a hemorrhoid if I had not used the Preparation H? Who cares is my answer. Although I suspect that yes, I would have. The reality is, I did use it, I did not get a hemorrhoid, and I don’t have to worry about anything today except going to the beach. The best way to cure a hemorrhoid is certainly to prevent it, and the prevention is so much easier than the cure.