As a Los Angeles proctologist practicing for many years now, I’ve had a lot of encounters with patients who automatically assume they have the hemorrhoids once they have an itchy bottom and feel something down there.
The danger with self-diagnosis is that most people are prone to overthinking; they think there is something wrong with them, when in fact there’s nothing to worry about. These people will then automatically reach out for medicated wipes or topical creams to clean up after themselves, not knowing they are doing more harm than good with their self-diagnosis.
No to Over-Cleaning
Did you know that over-cleaning with wipes and creams can lead to even more itchiness? Excessive cleaning leads to trauma and micro tears. The more you clean, the more your skin becomes dry. The skin then works harder to produce more oil.
In order to reduce skin irritation, avoid soap as much as possible because it can be an irritant. Use plain water instead.
And even if you feel something else is down there, don’t panic. It could just be an ordinary, harmless skin flap.
Why Seek a Proctologist If You Suspect Hemorrhoids
Yes, it is convenient to go online, research your symptoms, and buy suggested over-the-counter remedies. Admittedly, there’s plenty of medical information available online, but it can never replace a doctor’s knowledge. While it is true that we know ourselves the best, sometimes we still need a mirror to see things more clearly. The doctor is that mirror.
So, don’t jump to conclusions the moment you feel something in your anus. If you suspect you have the hemorrhoids, get yourself checked by a Los Angeles proctologist in order to get the accurate diagnosis and the right treatment.
If the diagnosis shows a severe case of hemorrhoids, I can suggest a minimally invasive surgery, such as rubber band litigation or sclerotherapy, both of which we provide here at the Proctology Institute.