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For That Painful Problem
Member Name: kat1234
Disadvantages: messy to apply
One of the most uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy (or, in my case, giving birth) is the appearance of haemorrhoids or piles. They are also one of the most embarassing problems and not one that you like to talk about much. They cause alot of pain around your back passage and can be internal or external. I suffered largely from external piles after giving birth (a lot of pushing in labour caused mine!). When I was discharged from hospital having given birth, amongst the medication I was sent home with was a tube of anusol cream for the treatment of piles. It is also available off the shelf at most supermarkets and chemists, prices at around £3.
The cream comes in a blue and white metallic squeezy tube, inside a blue and white cardboard box. The top of the tube is sealed and needs to be pierced using the top of the white plastic screw lid to open. The cream itself is a white-cream in colour and holds it's shape when squeezed but is quite soft and wet to the touch. It has a distinctive smell, not unpleasant but a very unique smell that I am unable to compare with aything else.
The cream contains 'an astringent to help soothe the area and reduce swelling, an antiseptic to reduce the risk of infection, and an emollient to help protect sore skin'. You apply the cream to the affected area morning and night and after every bowel movement, ensuring that your skin is clean. There is an applicator provided for internal piles but I did not need to use this. I found it quite messy to apply and get to the right area but, once applied it was almost instantly soothing - reducing pain and itching too. The piles did shrink over time with this but the main benefit for me was the relief from soreness and the uncomfortable feeling that piles bring with them (at a time when there is enough discomfort anyway!). The tube was plenty enough to rid me of the piles (they were quite a severe case) and still have some in the cupboard should a relapse occur.
Overall, this is an effective cream that eases the pain and discomfort of piles but can be a little messy to apply.
Summary: helps soothe the pain