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Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/6/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I itch ... down there.

What causes it? I shower a lot. But not too much.

I use Preperation H.

Is there anything else I can do?

Please help. As you see from above I'm going for a Colonoscopy on the 18th, but
is that soon enough???

What would you do?


I can't take Benadryl it would interfere with my meds.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 9/16/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I itch alot down there until I quit eating Wheat & Gluten and Dairy

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 9/16/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Go to your local pharmacy and buy a sitz bath. It's a simple plastic insert you use on any toilet. Fill it with warm to hot water, mixed a tablespoon or two of baking soda or Aveeno (the packets intended for full baths, for chicken pox, etc.). Aveeno is my preferred favorite. Soak in this mixture for 20 minutes several times a day. Keep towels handy, a box of kleenexes nearby for minor clean ups, etc. and clean clothing along with underwear to change into.

You might think taking a regular bath would help. It does but using one of these sitz bath inserts is better. By sitting in that position on the toilet I find that it opens up the irritated area, and you want this Aveeno to seep in and begin to heal irritated areas. Besides, it feels wonderful too!

Also, if you can sleep without underwear at night, allowing air to circulate around the area. Not be confined in tight underwear.

Topically there probably creams to use but I find that a sitz bath several times a day for several days in a row really does the trick.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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