Doctors are warning against people putting frozen potatoes in their anus.
This has come due to a large number of people with hemorrhoids reportedly looking at alternative solutions on the web to fight the problem instead of seeking professional medical help.
The new “solution” consists of inserting frozen potatoes into your anus and keeping them inside for 30 minutes.
In the video below, a British doctor gives advice to a person who has struggled with the problem for five years:
According to Wales Online, an article claims:
“Here’s what you need to do: Peel a raw potato and cut into thin slices, like you do it for French fries. Put the slices into the freezer and wait until they are frozen.
Insert the frozen potato slice in your anus and leave it inside for 30 seconds. Repeat the process for three to five days. The next three to five days leave the slice inside for 30 seconds more each time.”
The article goes on:
“The potatoes have astringent properties and help relieve the pain and itchy sensation which usually happens with this condition, while the ice-cold potato constricts the blood vessels, reduces the swelling and relieves your pain instantly.”
However, experts have warned against this ludicrous solution.
“Piles can be an irritating condition and sufferers are sometimes too embarrassed to seek professional helping, turning to old wives’ tales instead.”
She went on to say:
“There is no medical evidence that putting frozen potatoes inside the anus can help cure piles, so I would urge caution to anyone thinking of doing it.
Piles often go away on their own after a few days, but there are some tried and trusted ways to keep them at bay.
You should drink plenty of fluids and maintain a fiber-rich diet and try having regular warm baths to ease itching and pain.
If home treatments do not banish your piles, it is advised to go to your doctor and explore alternative treatments.”
But frozen potatoes appear to not be the only alternative hemorrhoid treatment being offered online. Some folks have also vouched for the power of CBD oil in treating the problem.
According to Wales Online, Reddit user Barron50Cal wrote:
“The CBD absorbed and actually reached the internal hemorrhoid.
My inflammation began to decrease, as did my pain. I can almost recognize my bottom again.”
However, doctors have in addition warned against the CBD oil as a hemorrhoid treatment because solid evidence for its effectiveness has not been provided thus far.
MD of popular UK brand CBD Armour, David Barcly, commented:
“There have been reports of CBD being a very responsive anti-inflammatory.
So one can understand why people would consider using it in this manner. It would be beneficial to have some official research into this.
As for frozen potatoes, where on earth do people get these crazy ideas from?!”
Guts UK! surveyed 800 individuals concerning their digestion, according to Kennedy News and Media, and found that half of them did not want to look for help with their issues for more than half a year.
“Guts UK found that 58% of those we asked felt embarrassed about their digestive condition/symptoms.
“Research found that 51% of patients with digestive symptoms do not seek advice for more than six months.
“Treatment is usually initially about increasing intake of water and fiber to soften the stool but if these methods are unhelpful, a referral to a specialist may be required.”
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