Q. A reader recently reported using zinc oxide to treat hemorrhoid symptoms. I just wanted you to know that I have been using zinc oxide for this purpose for years. I thought no one else knew about it!

It’s something I just tried on my own after little or no relief from such ointments as Preparation H. Zinc oxide provides almost instant relief. I told my doctor years ago, but she had never heard of using zinc oxide for hemorrhoids.

A. Zinc oxide appears to be a safe, inexpensive alternative to other external hemorrhoid creams. When we looked for it at the drugstore, we found it sold as a diaper rash cream.

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  1. Ruth
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    I’ve used a compress of Prep H cream, Gold Bond, and A&D with zinc oxide for bad hemorrhoids. It provided a shield so that going didn’t hurt as much and seemed to heal it well. Also soaks in oatmeal bath with some baking soda or cornstarch helped too. Use the wipes to cleanse the area so that stool doesn’t irritate it.

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