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How can you soothe the burn from diarrhea?

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A gentle ointment like petroleum jelly can provide a barrier that helps protect your skin. It’s a better choice than medicated creams, which can cause dryness and irritation. That said, use just a little. An overload of ointment can keep skin from getting air, which will help it heal.

Soaking in plain old warm water can work wonders, too. Fill your bathtub with a few inches of lukewarm water and sit for about 10 minutes, a few times a day. (Don’t stay for too long -- oversoaking will eventually dry out your skin.) No bathtub? You can buy a small tub made for soaking just your hips and buttocks at the drugstore.

From: Soothe Sore Skin After Diarrhea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anal Discomfort and How to Deal with it.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper Rash -- Prevention.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Itchy Bottom? Why you Shouldn’t Blame Hemorrhoids.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Sitz Baths.”

UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital: “Sitz bath.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “When Diaper Rash Strikes.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anal Discomfort and How to Deal with it.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper Rash -- Prevention.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Itchy Bottom? Why you Shouldn’t Blame Hemorrhoids.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Sitz Baths.”

UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital: “Sitz bath.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “When Diaper Rash Strikes.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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