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Guide to keeping your butt hole healthy

Are you wiping your butt hole correctly?

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Published : October 26, 2017 12:30 PM IST

When it comes to your bottom, your vagina usually gets all the attention. But you also need to take care of your butt crack or your butt hole. Everybody has one and there is no reason to be embarrassed. Here are a few tips from dermatologist Dr Sejal Shah to keep your backside healthy.

For wiping: You can always clean your buttocks with tissue paper or wipes but it is best that you avoid scented tissue paper or wipes as it can irritate the delicate skin in your anal area. Also, be gentle while you use a wipe. Remember to clean the area during shower apart from cleaning it after bowel movement. These easy butt hacks can help you feel happy, relaxed and pampered down there.

For waxing: If your backside is tender after wax, just apply some ice packs. Also, avoid sex for a day after waxing. Since the area is sensitive, there can be tiny superficial tears that can get infected during sex.

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For soreness: Frequent wiping can make your bum really sore especially if you have eaten something very spicy. Until your sore bum feels better use wet wipes or clean the area with water as dry tissue papers can feel extremely irritating. Just gently towel dry and use a diaper rash cream to prevent further irritation.

For bleaching: You could get a bacterial infection or a bad reaction to the chemicals when you bleach. When your rectum is irritated, your body secretes fluid to help it heal so leave it as natural as possible instead of bleaching it.

For ingrown hair: A hot compress can be your best friend if you have ingrown hair near your butt hole. Apply the hot compress two to three times a day for 5-10 minutes allowing any accumulating fluid to drain and the ingrown hair to come out. If that does not help, see a doctor to drain the pus. Here are 6 reasons why you are suffering from an itchy butt.

For haemorrhoids: Haemorrhoids can bleed, itch and burn. So use creams and ointments to soothe the area. Use it not longer than a week as the steroid in these ointments can thin the skin and make it more prone to itching. Also, make sure that you drink plenty of water and up your fibre intake so that it is easier for the stool to pass.

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