Necessary Products to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids

If you are serious about getting rid of your hemorrhoids, you’re going to need some stuff. It’s way cheaper than surgery and believe me, not having hemorrhoids is worth 1000 times the cost of these items. The products I am linking to are the exact products that I used to cure my last hemorrhoid/continue to use to prevent hemorrhoids from recurring.

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Metamucil  – #1 on the “must have” list. As long as you don’t have any contraindications (ask your doctor), you should be taking this with a large glass of water every day. The main ingredient is Psyllium Fiber. This will help your poop to be just right. Not too hard (constipated) not too soft/loose (diarrhea). This also can help to reduce cholesterol. I started taking Metamucil to cure my last hemorrhoid in 2011. I still take Metamucil every day.
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Sitz Bath – a Sitz Bath with warm water and epsom salt will soothe and reduce inflammation to the hemorrhoid. It is essential to do this 3-4x/day when curing a hemorrhoid. Once the hemorrhoid is healed, it is no longer necessary.
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Epsom Salt – Put a handful of Epsom Salt into the warm Sitz Bath. The more Sitz Baths you can take/day will speed up the healing time of the hemorrhoid.
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Preparation H – use this ointment especially before pooping, to reduce irritation to the hemorrhoid. I still use this when I get diarrhea, to prevent irritation. I always keep some of this in the bathroom.
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AND/ OR Preparation H Suppositories – Suppositories can be more convenient. It is a matter of preference. If you have strictly internal hemorrhoids, you might prefer suppositories. I use both normal and suppositories.
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Medicated Wipes – Never use normal TP. If you have a hemorrhoid, use Medicated Wipes. Once the hemorrhoid is gone, use Baby Wipes. The medicated wipes contain Witch Hazel, an astringent that reduces inflammation.
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Totables – Single-pack Medicated Wipes. These are handy to take to work, anywhere outside of the house. It’s easy to put a few of these in your pocket/bag without advertising to the world about your hemorrhoid. Remember, NEVER use normal TP, especially the cheap sandpaper TP you find in public restrooms!
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Squatty Potty – Sitting to poop is wrong. Our bodies were designed to squat. The Squatty Potty allows you to simulate a squatting position safely on “western” toilets.
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Wet Wipes – When you have a hemorrhoid, you should use medicated wipes. When the hemorrhoid is gone, switch to Wet Wipes. It has been 4+ years since my last hemorrhoid, and I still use Wet Wipes. Never use normal TP!
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Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel is an astringent (shrinks body tissues) made of from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub “Hamamelis virginiana”. It can be applied to a cotton ball, then upon the hemorrhoid, for an immediate soothing, cooling and shrinking of the hemorrhoid.
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Other stuff I use occasionally:

Immodium AD – I almost never need this because I take Metamucil daily, but if I do have diarrhea for some reason, one of these usually helps.
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Colace – I get constipated occasionally, especially when I’m away from home. Colace is a very gentle laxative that does not cause diarrhea, it just “allows me to poop”.
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Remember to read and follow the instructions for all of the medications.

Metamucil ~ Sitz Bath ~ Epsom Salt ~ Preparation H ~ Preparation H Suppositories ~ Medicated Wipes ~ Totables ~ Squatty Potty ~ Wet Wipes ~ Witch Hazel ~ Immodium ~ Colace

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.