Congratulations on your first flush! I hope that it was not as bad as you thought. I just wanted to tell you that I understand about the burning. I don't have hemorrhoids, but I do have a few fissures from being constipated. The Epsom Salts burn my throat and my...you know, exit. After I finish with each Epsom salt, I drink a tablespoon of honey for sooting. Then I apply some cream to my bum and spread some vaseline up as far as I can. I know it sounds gross, but it gives me relief when everything that shoots out burns.