Dr. Meagan Costedio of Cleveland Clinic says she sees people complaining about hemorrhoids every day. But the funny thing is, they don’t have hemorrhoids. They complain of an itchy bottom and extra skin that they feel the urge to wipe. Then they self-diagnose and treat themselves with medicated wipes and creams. This makes their itchy feeling worse.
Ironically, Dr. Costedio’s patients were too clean. They were using flushable wipes that irritate and dry out their bottom due to the chemicals, causing the itch. Their skin produces more oil to compensate, leaving them with a “still dirty” feeling. The more her patients tried to overclean themselves, the worse they made the problem, causing micro-tears in their skin.
What are Hemorrhoids?
We all have hemorrhoids, but the only time they’re a problem is when they become inflamed and swollen. This is caused by over straining while on the toilet or increased pressure on the veins during pregnancy.
- Bleeding during bowel movements
- Itching and irritation
- Pain and swelling
- A lump near the anus
- Fecal Incontinence
Bleeding during bowel movements doesn’t necessarily mean you have hemorrhoids, so definitely consult your doctor if you experience recurring bleeding. Should you have hemorrhoids, your doctor will prescribe medication or minimally invasive procedures.
But for those who want to be scrupulously clean, the solution is just cleaning with water, no chemicals. You can install a bidet on your toilet, and pat the area dry. In the shower, use very mild, scentless soap and water, and you’re itching is sure to go away.
For minimally invasive treatments for hemorrhoids and other colon and rectum conditions, see Dr. Zhang of Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care in Las Vegas, Nevada. For information on NVSCC services or to make an appointment, visit our website.