There are many different ointments and wipes out there for hemorrhoids. Some may work well and some may not. In my experience, none of the ointments and creams were effective enough to completely overcome the pain from my anal fissure. This does not mean it will not work for you. The only way to find out is to try them and see how you feel. I would assume that if you are reading this book that you will have already tried anything you can find over the counter at the pharmacy. Here, then, are what I found to be most effective.
Yes. “Tough actin’ Tinactin.” Believe it or not, this ointment, that is meant to treat athlete’s foot, actually worked for me as an effective pain reliever. You simply apply a little bit to the anal area after you clean and dry it. It does not completely get rid of the pain as if there was nothing there, but it effectively mitigates the pain to the point where it is not completely burying you in ungodly pain throughout the day.
However, as good as this treatment sounds, in my experience, it only worked for about a week. When I discovered its effectiveness, I was initially thrilled. I started applying more and more of the medicine as its effects diminished, but it was no use. After a week the Tinactin just refused to continue acting tough.
Tiger Balm Ointment
Tiger Balm is an ointment you can find at most health food stores. I bought one at Whole Foods, and a small vial will last you a long time. It is menthol based – you dab a little with a clean finger, then apply some to your anal area. It immediately has a soothing, cooling effect on the area that will last a couple hours or so.
Something to keep in mind if using it is that it will not cure your anal fissure or hemorrhoids. It is merely for pain relief, or at the very least some form of comfort amidst the fury of pain. It will keep the area lubricated though, which is helpful. One downside is that it has a very pronounced medicinal smell, which means that you may leave a trail of herbal menthol odor wherever you go.
Ma Ying Long Cream
This cream is similar to the Tiger Balm ointment, but is a specific Chinese cream for hemorrhoids. Most Chinese acupuncturists and herbalists I spoke with recommended this ointment.
Tucks or Witch Hazel
You can find Tucks or witch hazel at your local pharmacy or health store. It is said to be effective in soothing irritated hemorrhoids. I did not really find it to provide relief, but I think it is worth carrying the Tucks wipes around if you expect to use the bathroom out of your house, since it will be difficult to wash your bottom under running water. Simply wipe with a pad after wiping normally.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Again, applying olive oil or coconut oil to the area will not directly heal the fissure or hemorrhoids, but it will provide lubrication, moisture and possibly some nutrients or antioxidants to the area. I will describe later in the book a technique I used with olive oil or coconut oil as a drastic measure, and it is only worth looking at if you want to take severe action.