What to do about the um ... rawness?

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   Posted 4/28/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
If there's anywhere to post this without offending anyone, it's here, I guess!  My bottom just gets so raw from the diarrhea and wiping too much.  I use really soft TP and Cottonelle wipes, but what else can I do?  It's so bad that I have to lean waaay forward when I pee so it doesn't drip back that way and BURN LIKE THE DICKENS. 
I remember using Witch Hazel after my son's birth, but I think that was for swelling more than irritation.  Is hydrocortisone my best bet?
There's no blood, so it's not like I have open sores or anything.  Just some chafing.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Are there some wipes with Aloe that you can get or Baby wipes. I would think Baby wipes would be good for that. What about A&D ointment to heal the area. I think that would be better than the cortisone as that is more of an antiinflammatory ointment and for allergy related breakouts.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
This would make you instantly feel better.


I saved mine from when I delivered our two daughters and have used it plenty, since my colon resection and cancer. I add either a little baking soda or Aveeno powder (packets that are recommended for poison ivy). Both are very soothing when your skin is raw. Have clean underwear nearby, a hand towel and/or a fresh box of tissues, because you will be messy when stand up. I don't even bother with the bag and hose (both keep warm water flowing). I just fill the sitz bath with warm to almost hot water, adding the soda or Aveeno. Then I settle in for a soak. Just sitting in this position for 15 minutes really helps me. It's slightly different from taking a bath. This position seems to open up the rectal area. Sorry for that description but after a rough day with D, and I don't have time for a bath, I do a sitz bath. I just sleep so much better knowing I am clean and I swear the water helps heal my raw skin.

One ointment is really good for this too - Aquaphor. It's better than Vaseline!


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   Posted 4/28/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am fan of baby wipes. I know that this is abit TMI but before I starting using them( and even now when they get buried in the closet in the bathroom) I used to get so raw I would bleed. There were days that it hurt so bad DH would ask why I was whimpering in there. And when they are nice and cold it feels good with the bile D.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I like using witch hazel (Tucks). Hydrocortisone cream 1% might help, too. I am SO familiar with ol' burning-arse, I feel your pain!
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
sitz baths and gently rubbing extra virgine olive oil on the area, it has healing and natural pain relief compounds.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
It is painful. Sometimes I use petroleum jelly. Put a little on and use a lightday pad. It helps heal quickly.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a big fan of the new Cottonelle toliet paper with Aloe. Never gotten raw on it yet!

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   Posted 4/29/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I take an aveeno bath too. really helps. It is expensive so I but the CVS brand oatmeal. I also use aveeno cream after showers or baths. The dermotologist said no to lotion use cream. I cannot use babywipes, for some reason they burn me. I use cottonelle,carry a small pack in my puse.I use them after every BM to prevent soreness. Then if I get sore after all of this I put vasaline on before bed. The aquaphore is good but EXPENSIVE. My best suggestion is use the cottonelle wipes but dont rub if irritated, just hold them on you. Well where else could you get so many detailed yeah suggestions on how to wipe :-) Hope you get better soon.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to add that on the IBS forum it is pretty hard to affend someone with IBS. This is the only place you can discuss problems and not feel bad about it. Better then the Drs. office for me.

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   Posted 4/30/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I went through this during my last UC flare  and I was raw.  So I  always cleaned the area with a warn facecloth then applied the baby penatene cream.  Its made for raw bums.  It soothed the burning and helped heal the area.  Not sure if I spelled it correctly but most drug stores carry some brand of it.  i also applied regular cornstarch (no chemicals or perfumes all natural)  it helped keep the area dry especially during the night.
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   Posted 5/2/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, underthebus, that Dermoplast stuff was like mannah from heaven! I loved that stuff. (I had a fancy European episiotomy that did.not.heal.well.) I used it all up - I was in bad shape after I had my son!

Thanks for all the suggestions. I think we have some aquaphor. I will try that first.

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