To those following my thread, Dr. Chris responded to me via e-mail since it was how I originally began my correspondences with him. Here were my inquiries and his responses:
Me: “I have had a chronic anal fissure for over 7 years now but I have never experienced any pain - just some slight bleeding on the toilet paper. 6 months ago, I began experiencing
much more itching and some discharge as I go about my day. My doc looked at the fissure and said it appeared to be healing but it has never quite healed thoroughly. My question is, can your product help my chronic fissure considering it's been there for so
many years and relieve the itching and discharge? Thanks.”
Dr. Chris: “Yes, it can, and it often does heal chronic fissures when nothing else works. Because it is our "strongest"
wheatgrass product, I routinely recommend Superbalm for fissure, both acute and chronic. Apply a little on a cotton bud/Q-tip (2 matchhead size) just inside the anal opening twice daily if you can, and
try to persevere with it as responses can vary quite a lot. You may find it easier to apply while lying on your side. “
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Me: “Two questions if I may: 1) Why use a q-tip for application? I
suspect that if I use a q-tip to insert it into the anal canal, the balm will rub off on the outside of the anus anyways as I go to insert it. Is there anything wrong with using a finger? 2) My fissure is on the rim of my anus, near the opening, as the MD
clearly saw it upon examination. Do I still need to get the balm inside the anus? Or can I put just a smidgen on the outer rim of my anus where the fissure is? Thanks.”
Dr. Chris: “There's nothing wrong with using a finger, but just use
a small amount. Wheatgrass has more of a catalytic effect than being dose-related. I recommend a Q-tip for hygienic reasons and because the length of the tip is deep enough for treatment. Many people think that fissures are quite deep when they are usually
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Me: “I'm not sure if it's the cream or the slight discharge that I've been recently experiencing, but several hours after the
Superbalm is applied, it gets quite moist down there. This leaves me with wanting to use moistened wipes to clean the area and reapply the Superbalm which I have done; therefore, I've applied the Superbalm 4 times daily just about. Not sure if I should leave
it moist down there but I do experience "break through" itching several hours after my initial application of the Superbalm. Hard not to scratch it - I can only think to clean the area and reapply. Thoughts?”
Dr. Chris: “Because the
wheatgrass extract in Superbalm is absorbed on contact, you don’t need to re-apply it. Just use it once a day and try to persevere. You may also find combining the balm with a little steroid cream could
help the itch. Usually “cure” comes down to perseverance with the balm.
Good luck, and let me know if I can be of further assistance.”