I Relieved hemorrhoids Itch With Desitin

Many patients have anal problems assume they have hemorrhoids and use desitin to treat the itching.

What are their symptoms? They say their bottoms itch, or act up, and they feel extra skin down there as they wipe. It must be hemorrhoids, right?

Self-treatment with medicated wipes or cream is their first go-to. After all, the advertisement on the TV said it’s what works. But the “hemorrhoids” don’t go away — they may get worse.

For most, the answer is simple, says colorectal surgeon Massarat Zutshi, MD: You may not have hemorrhoids, and what you’re doing to treat this non-issue is likely making the problem worse.

Patients opt for Self-treatment with Desitin for hemorrhoids

“People self-diagnosing hemorrhoids is something I see almost daily in my practice,” says Dr. Zutshi. “Hemorrhoids are the favorite diagnosis that is easily misinterpreted for many of my patients.”

Certainly bring up any concerns you have with your doctor, Dr. Zutshi notes. Especially if you notice rectal bleeding along with the other symptoms mentioned above, be sure to talk to your doctor about further treatment.

All humans have hemorrhoids normally. They only become an issue when they become swollen and irritated. Most often, you can’t diagnose that yourself. your doctor needs to examine you.

So what’s causing my itchy bottom?

What patients often suffer from is the result of, ironically, being too clean.

“What happens is a vicious circle. Filled with good intentions, you try to keep your bottom scrupulously clean by vigorous wiping using flushable wipes,” Dr. Zutshi says. “But the unexpected result is that this leads to soreness and itching and the feeling that you have ‘abnormal down there,’ which in your dictionary is hemorrhoids.”