December 6, 2011 10:11 PM Subscribe
Asking on behalf of my husband. A kindy icky question about abraded bum, and suggestions on how to deal and hopefully heal.
posted by Savannah to health & fitness (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My husband, says...
I apologize in advance for the unpleasant nature of the following question.
I have run into a problem with abrasion of the skin in my rectal/anal area. This is due to two connected contributors. I have several bowel movements per day, each one requiring wiping (obviously). Also, I have been using baby wipes to clean vs. just dry toilet paper. Anyway, between the frequency and wiping, I have abraded the skin, and I am bleeding (not profusely, more like seeping) from the area. The problem is that I cannot refrain from wiping it clean long enough to allow it to heal. Also, it itches (I suppose, due to trying to heal), which becomes intolerable, so I end up scratching and making the problem worse. Although I can clean myself in the shower (sorry) to avoid wiping with cloth-like material, I can't do this all the time, like at work. I have tried a silicone barrier cream, but I think it isn't actually absorbing into my skin, due to the bleeding/seepage acting as a film. Lanacane for the itching actually seems to make the itch worse, and hemmorrhoid ointment doesn't seem to do much. The only solution I can think of is to go on a liquid diet (to minimize stool production) until the problem is sufficiently fixed, due to lack of wiping. Any suggestions? I've thought about a topical anesthetic, to minimize itch and, hence, scratching.