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What helps ease rectal pain?

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  • Soak in warm baths.
  • After bowel movements, gently pat area with moist toilet paper or pads.
  • Take acetaminophen (Panadol, Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) for pain.
  • If you know you have hemorrhoids, use over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream.
  • If you have fissures (cracks or splits in anal opening), use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Common Disorders of the Anus and Rectum: Hemorrhoids and Fissures."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Elimination Problems."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids: Reducing Pain and Discomfort."

Marx, J. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, Mosby Elsevier, 2009.

Rectal Pain Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 8, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Common Disorders of the Anus and Rectum: Hemorrhoids and Fissures."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Elimination Problems."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids: Reducing Pain and Discomfort."

Marx, J. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, Mosby Elsevier, 2009.

Rectal Pain Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 8, 2020

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