What is it?

An anal fissure is a small cut or tear in the lining of the anus. The crack in the skin causes severe pain and some bright red bleeding during and after bowel movements. At times, the fissure is deep enough to expose the muscle tissue underneath. The main cause of anal fissure is constipation.

What are the symptoms?

  • A visible tear in the skin around your anus.
  • A skin tag, or small lump of skin, next to the tear.
  • Sharp pain in the anal area during bowel movements.
  • Streaks of blood on stools or on tissue paper after wiping.
  • Burning or itching in the anal area.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with anal fissure, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • Some patients with anal fissures may not need treatment. Is this the case for you as well? If not, what treatment option does your GP recommend?
  • Some patients develop anal fissure due to risk factors. What risk factors contributed to your condition? If so, can they be changed?
  • Some patients with anal fissure may need to alter their diet. Are there any any dietary suggestions I should follow?

In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:

  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Avoid straining during bowel movements.

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