A doctor has urgently walked folk not to be sticking frozen up their anuses because… well 2020 isn’t it.
Just in case you didn’t know already and thought it might be a rather good idea to slide an Aunt Bessie’s where the sun doesn’t shine, it certainly is not.
The doctor made the announcement after it emerged online as one of the ‘best’ home remedies for treating piles.
A number of online websites suggest a frozen French fry-sized piece of potato inserted internally for 30 seconds is just the ticket for pile sufferers.
One such website 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 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.
But Dr. Diana Gall has frantically urged people not to be doing this.
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 fibre-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.
So there you have it folks.