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#1 of 4 Old 02-27-2007, 09:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi All,

A friend of ours had an UC two days ago and left a message on our voice mail today asking what to do about tearing. I guess she called because dh is a chiropractor, but that is outside of his scope of practice. I don't think she wants to see a doctor, but we will ask if she is willing to.

How did all of you who had UCs handle your tears? We're going to call her back, but since we don't know anything about this we thought we'd get some advice first. All I would think to tell her is to try not to move around too much and get on some UC boards online.

Any advice is appreciated.
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I tore a tiny bit with my second UC. I sprayed myself off after using the bathroom with an infusion I made of comfrey leaf and stayed in bed snuggling my newborn as much as possible. I healed just fine.

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I tore pretty bad last time (within 2 mm or so of the anus).

Rinse using a peribottle or a spray bottle after peeing. support the perineum with a soft wet cloth during bowel movements for the first week or two (or until she feels comfortable). Don't go up stairs the normal way, go up and down one step at a time and sideways to help keep the tissues together... best thing really though is to stay laying down with her legs together for the first 5ish days and sitting carefully for a week after that. Then she should be good to go and healed. (take it easy though, of course and only do as much as her body feels ready to)

Warm salt soaks in the bathtub are also helpful for brief periods of time.

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Definitely keep it clean, treat it gently and use tissue healing herbs (tansy, comfry, aloe, calendula). If it is large enough and she feels the need, she could use dermabond or even just superglue to join the edges. I have family members who have used that for other serious cuts.
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