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    How to help relieve skin irritation from going to the bathroom

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      jearlesred

      I know it's tough, but try to keep something in your stomach at all times. I found that when I didn't eat, the stool was that much more acidic. I recommend saltines and other low fiber foods.

      over 4 years ago
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      IrishPegOfAR

      I sometimes experience the same thing. I eat breakfast which triggers an immediate need to go to the bathroom, then may experience what I have described to my doctor as "acidic" stools. They burn my skin as they come out. My doctor suggested taking a Tums tablet and dissolving it in a glass of water and drinking the Tums water to help bring the digestive system more in balance (less acidic). That's fine, but it takes time for the Tums water to work through the digestive system and I tend to need more immediate help. For immediate help, I use (flushable) Preparation H wipes to clean the skin after going to the bathroom and I use Aquaphor ointment to treat the skin afterward to calm the irritated skin. I place a small amount of Aquaphor ointment on a piece of toilet paper and use it to wipe the skin. I make sure I clean the area thoroughly first (no matter how many Prep H wipes it takes, or no matter how many times I've put Aquaphor on a tissue to wipe the skin). I have also found that drinking lemonaide (low sugar naturally sweetened lemonaide like Crystal Light Pure, rather than the Tums water) works faster for me to adjust my body from being too acidic to being more in balance (ph balance or more alkaline). I've read that apple cider vinegar also works to do this, too, but I haven't used it. Also, Prep H makes portable wipes that are individually packaged that you can keep in your pocket and are handy whenever this happens while you're away from home. VERY HANDY to use! I should have taken out stock in the company!! Hope this is helpful to you!!

      over 4 years ago
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      SandiD

      You poor thing, how well I remember this. A&D Ointment is a lifesaver! Also get some soft toilet paper and moist wipes. Seriously, A&D works pretty fast. As for "going" all the time, I experimented with Psyllium Fiber capsules (per my gastroenterologist) with just a tiny bit of water for bulk. 5 years out and I still take it. It should get better but it is a slow process. I still have issues but can control it better, at least for a few minutes rather than a few seconds. Good luck to you, I know how paiinful and frustrating this is.

      over 4 years ago
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