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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby appleapple » 15 Sep 2019, 08:59

Lin - Are you still using Polysporin daily? I'm still using it on most days. Was wondering if it is safe for semi-long-term use (a few weeks up to a few months)?
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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby Lin_2010 » 17 Sep 2019, 16:22

Hey! Yes I'm still using it, but just at night now so I'm cutting back. I'm not sure of the long term effects. I had heard once that long term it might stop being effective, but I'm not sure? I was having a really good week at one point and stopped. I used vaseline instead to keep the area protected as I walk a lot in my city. I had to start using it again as I had a minor set back, but I'm having another good week!

How are things on your end?
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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby SeitenSenshi » 27 Sep 2019, 04:01

I'm not qualified to give medical advice, but my hunch is that long-term polysporin is not a good idea.

Theoretically long-term use can kill the bacteria around the anus and can give room for fungi / yeast to grow. This is the same reasoning as women increasing risk for vaginal Candida infections after taking antibiotics, or when the "good bacteria" is killed off.
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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby appleapple » 30 Sep 2019, 21:32

SeitenSenshi wrote:I'm not qualified to give medical advice, but my hunch is that long-term polysporin is not a good idea.

Theoretically long-term use can kill the bacteria around the anus and can give room for fungi / yeast to grow. This is the same reasoning as women increasing risk for vaginal Candida infections after taking antibiotics, or when the "good bacteria" is killed off.


mmm it makes sense though. I'll be careful with how much/how often I use...
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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby Lin_2010 » 02 Oct 2019, 15:41

SeitenSenshi wrote:I'm not qualified to give medical advice, but my hunch is that long-term polysporin is not a good idea.

Theoretically long-term use can kill the bacteria around the anus and can give room for fungi / yeast to grow. This is the same reasoning as women increasing risk for vaginal Candida infections after taking antibiotics, or when the "good bacteria" is killed off.


Good point and I can attest to that. Back when I used diltazem, I got an anal yeast infection. It presents like a rash and it was awful. Canestan eliminated it, but I wouldn't want to get it again.

appleapple - I use it sparingly now. If I feel like the fissure is acting up, I'll apply it at night. But if things feel good, I won't apply. But I've been trying other suggestions on here such as massage. I bit the bullet and bought some rubber gloves. It's a bit awkward at first, but I'm finding it's relaxing the muscle down there and actually helping.
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Re: polysporin & other alternatives

Postby Lin_2010 » 23 Oct 2019, 04:47

Recent update - October has brought back a little discomfort. I find if I miss a dose of restoralax/miralax, I regress a bit. This time was actually not too bad, which makes me feel like the fissure is 'toughening' up so to speak. The area hasn't really been bleeding, but does feel sensitive to the touch.

As I still find polysporin acts quickly with a re-tear, I don't want to use it as maintenance. I ordered Forces of Nature Fissure Control as I'm going to try anything and everything possible at this stage. I've been using it for a couple days and already I find the sensitivity is going away. In addition, I've been drinking 1/2 cup of prune juice along side my restoralax. I read that prunes contains sorbitol, which acts as an osmotic agent...similar to restoralax as a osmotic laxative. I'm hoping someday I can fully transition to prune juice but we'll see!

So a few steps forward and half of one back? Still hopeful!
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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby appleapple » 23 Oct 2019, 22:56

"a few steps forward and half of one back" ---- oh boy doesn't it describe us all. Lol....
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Re: polysporin to the rescue?

Postby Lin_2010 » 21 Nov 2019, 20:33

I think I'm sold on prune juice right now. I'm drinking a half cup after I down my restoralax/miralax and it's working miracles in keeping BMs soft. It's been about 3 weeks without any discomfort. Fingers crossed things are healing?
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Starting to heal?

Postby Lin_2010 » 14 Dec 2019, 21:37

So 6 weeks without pain or bleeding. This is the best it's been in the 2 years since this started. The progress started with a cap of Restoralax/Miralax + 1/2 cup of prune juice at dinner. Now I'm at 1/2 cap and 1 cup of prune juice. I also dab Forces of Nature Fissure control on every night. Not sure if that's contributing but keeping it up regardless. I don't want to get too excited but it's been such a relief...finally!
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