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Everything That You Need To Know About Using Anorectal Cream

If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids or other anorectal diseases, then an anorectal cream can be of help. This cream is one of the ways of how to relieve hemorrhoid pain. Hemorrhoid is a condition in which the veins in the rectum or anus swell causing bleeding, itching or pain in the region. Many creams can be bought over-the-counter or ordered online without a doctor’s prescription, but you may need one for some creams. If the condition you are suffering from is mild enough then you can try the OTC cream before consulting a doctor. Here’s everything that you need to know about using anorectal ointments.

Application Of Anorectal Cream

There are two ways of applying an anorectal cream; internally or externally. In the internal method, you push the cream into your rectum with the help of a thin tube at the end of the container. This method is particularly used for internal hemorrhoids, i.e. swollen veins inside the rectum, or other conditions where the cream cannot reach by applying it on the skin. In the external method, you apply the cream directly to the affected area on your skin where you can easily spot it.


The reason pile creams are one of the best ways of how to relieve hemorrhoid pain is that they contain phenylephrine and pramoxine. Pramoxine is a local anesthetic that reduces pain and itching. Phenylephrine narrows the blood vessels and reduces the swelling. Some creams have anti-inflammatory ingredients like witch hazel and aloe vera that soothe the pain and itching.


An anorectal lotion is usually applied four times a day or every time after passing stool, for a week. The exact dosage might differ from product to product. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember, but if it’s close to your next dosage then forget about the missed dose and apply the next. You should be better after a week but if you aren’t, then see a doctor.

Side Effects

People who use a cream don’t normally suffer from side effects. Some may experience stinging and mild pain which goes away if it doesn’t then you might want to visit a doctor. In rare and serious cases, some experience fast or irregular heartbeat, pounding headache, tremors, and trouble sleeping.


Like any medication, an anal lotion needs to be applied properly with the necessary precautions to ensure that it works and doesn’t worsen your condition. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Empty your bowels before applying the lotion because you may need to wait before you can use the toilet. Also, wash before every application. You could also use hemorrhoid wipes to clean yourself.

  • Don’t pass stool or wash immediately after applying the cream The ointment needs at least an hour to take effect. The exact duration may differ based on the product. If you do wash, you’ll need to apply it again.

  • Keep the cream at room temperature, about 68-77 °F (20-25 °C).

  • Wash your hands and the dispensing tube with mild scentless soap to get rid of the germs. Make sure that the hemorrhoid wipes also don’t have fragrance or other irritants.

  • Do not swallow it.

  • If you are allergic to pramoxine, phenylephrine or anything else, then consult your doctor or pharmacist as the lotion might contain such ingredients.

  • If you notice any allergic reactions like rashes, itching, swelling, trouble breathing, etc. then contact a doctor.

  • If you’re suffering from health issues like diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, etc. then consult a doctor or pharmacist before purchasing it.

  • If you or your child is younger than the age of twelve, consult a doctor before using it.

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using it.

By taking these precautions, you can avoid the side effects and get cured after a week. Other than the medication, it’s important to eat fiber-rich fruits and vegetables to improve your bowel movement and drink lots of water to soften the stool. This will boost your healing process and prevent the problem from recurring.

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