If you have either a hemorrhoid or fissure, the following recommendations are useful to help healing. Treatment for both conditions is sometimes called “WASH.” The letters stand for:

  • Warm water & Waiting: Sitz baths involve sitting in a warm pan of water to soak the painful anal area. And waiting for more anal sex will allow tears to heal, and also prevent exposure to STIs through tears in your anal lining.
  • Analgesic agents: Various creams and ointments can temporarily numb the anal area to provide relief. Do not use these for more than a few days in a row, however. Your health care provider can tell you exactly how long it is safe to continue using these treatments.
  • Stool softeners: Taking over-the-counter medications to help keep your stool soft until the hemorrhoid or fissure heals. This can help avoid re-injuring and further irritating the anus while having a bowel movement.
  • High-fiber diets: A high-fiber diet will keep your stools soft and easy to pass.

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