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   Posted 2/12/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.. been awhile.  i need some advice on a new problem. In November I was given Canasa supp. to help with the spasms I was having from my rectal prolapse.  I tried them but within days,  my butt and all the area around started to burn and itch. I stopped them and for awhile it got better. However..   the past few months, I am MISERABLE with the itchy feeling. I know from going to the BR, i have some small tears from all the wiping ( blood on the paper) so don't know if that is the issue.  Anyway.. any suggestions as to how to get the itching better.   I am trying balmax and hydrocortisone cream  but I want it to GO AWAY! 
Thanks   Prof

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   Posted 2/12/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hemmorroid cream? (Sorry, forgot how to spell hemmies.)
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   Posted 2/12/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem with the terrible itching and tried several different things to try and stop it. The one thing I have had the most success with is Benedryl cream. Walmart also has their version which is the same thing. It burns for a few seconds when you first put in on if you are all raw down there, but the itch was pretty much gone in about 5 min. Good luck!
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 14, have had minor flares throughout the years, but mostly kept in remission. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. Was on Pred. Dr. wants to try Humira...
Currently just take a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, and fish oil.

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   Posted 2/12/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks.. great idea. will try it. Did you tell your doc about this? What does he say it is from?

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   Posted 2/12/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Also try:

Witch hazel wipes which should reduce inflammation, but I assume you are doing this
sitz baths
After bathing, maybe dry bottom with a hair dryer on low heat - worked for my children's bottoms when they were young, I almost tried it myself

As for the suggested Bendryl cream, if this doesn't work, there are two other types of stronger hydrocortosone creams and suppostories in different strenghts your doc can prescribe - I have them all!

Also, if the pain or itching really gets bad maybe ask for an RX of lidocaine cream usually given for back pain, etc but there are those kind of creams and burn creams that can dull the actual pain ... not sure how they apply to bottom pain and if they prescribe them for this purpuse, but trying to think outside the 'proverbial underwear' here .....

I just worked on reducing several thrombosed protruding hemmies ... so I feel for you...
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2009/2010 acute flare and hospitalization - now on Imuran. Currently taking 55 mg prednisone.
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   Posted 2/13/2010 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hot epsom salt sitz baths....feel better soon, nice to see you again prof!

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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   Posted 2/14/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
After the hot soak with salt and drying the area on low heat with the hair dryer, the application of corn starch really helped me. Not baby powder but real corn starch. At other points, I found aquaphor helpful. Good luck!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; TPN, propranolol and xanax; anemia of chronic disease

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   Posted 2/14/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Prof, I've tried lots of things but,,,,,I'm still standing..
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   Posted 2/14/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
oh yes, I have this all the time!! And yes I have tried so many things too! For me it seems to be a loosing battle most of the time. i sucks cause I dance around holding my butt and I look like an idiot!!! :o\
I use:
xylocaine 2% jelly - it numbs the pain and itch - its an anestitic
I use a siringe to inject it up there and it works really well.

I also use zinc oxide cream - you can find it down the baby isle in your local store.
I also have nitroglecren cream that I use.

And yes, salt baths do work well too. I haven't tried the blow dryer trick yet but I bet it would be a good one.

Hope this helps!
Happy squirmming!
Trust me I so know what you are going thru!!!

praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the good advice.  I bought an anti itch cream and it seems to be helping. I have a perscription cream for the rectal spasms I get from my GI but that  does NOT help the skin aournd the area.
The rectal prolapse is the worst.  The sad part for me is that I did go to a surgeon to see what could be done and because this is the second time this happens to me he said he would NOT operate because i could end up TOTALLY incontinent.  Sucks for me.Spent alot of time very depressed but trying my best to make do. 
Now more butt issues!  Prof

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   Posted 2/15/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Desitin works for my daugher.

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       Posted 2/15/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
    ((((Prof)))) Sorry you are having so many problems. Big hugs to you...........
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