Posted 10/18/2020 12:31 PM (GMT -6)
Keeping it clean and dry is the best bet. Actually, if stool comes through, don't worry about washing it out too thoroughly - that might cause more damage and introduce other bacterias since you aren't using sterile water. With the seton in, it should just keep draining and risk of re-infection is a bit low since the infection comes when stuff is trapped and there is no way for the body to expel it.
A stool softener is very different than a laxative. A laxative, which works within a few hours, will cause your intestines to contract and force out what's in them. You should probably avoid laxatives for now.
A stool softener works to prevent your intestines from absorbing as much water as they usually do, leaving your stools softer and a bit more watery, making it easier to come out.