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   Posted 5/24/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an anal fissure which I have been using diltiazem 2% ointment on for almost 2 months now. It has seemed to help some I have less bleeding from it etc. More recently I notice it is very itchy moreso on 1 side rather than the other....the side with less skin folds is the really itchy side. I use those flushable wipes after every BM and know I am 100% clean. Is this common with fissures? Might it be like a normal cut that when its itchy its healing? Thanks Stef
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 5/25/2008 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
There might be a little bit of faecal matter leaking that you don't know about. Or (sorry) a fistula might be developing.

I don't know what diltiazem is, but have you tried putting nappy rash / zinc cream on the area?

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   Posted 5/25/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
ps. If diltiazem is a cortisone based cream, it may not be a good idea to use it for long periods - it can weaken the skin. And it's not a good idea to use anaesthetic creams for long periods, either. (I can't remember why, though).
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   Posted 5/25/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stef,

I use those wipes too and I find that they can make things itchy. Even the alcohol-free ones. I use them and then get in the shower and rinse off using the hand-held sprayer. This gets rid of the itching for me. Itching may mean healing too! Yea!!

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   Posted 5/25/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Diltiazem is a cream thats derived from a blood pressure med. Funny thing is I take it in capsule form for my high blood pressure.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 5/25/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I hope it is ok that I brought back to the front page a previous thread about anal itching.There were a lot of suggestions that may help others. Take Care,,, Julie
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001..Diabetes,,Sleep Apnea,,Silent Heart Attack,,Blocked Kidney Artery after the Bypass..MEDS--Lomotil,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Levsin SL,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Ultram.and many more. 26 meds..

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   Posted 5/25/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
When my fissure was finally healing after years and years, it began to itch. I hope yours is healing now too.

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   Posted 5/25/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I experienced this and currently have one. I will go back to my cream too. It does itch.
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