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can an new anal fissure be healed ?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Anal fissure: Can be a big pain the arse! but treatment is for symptoms not actual cute. Use witch hazel. Stool softener (colace).

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are typical treatments for an anal fissure?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: An early anal fissure can be cured with local treatments such as pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, and measures to prevent constipation straining and diarrhea. Older chronic fissures may need surgery such as an anal sphincter partial incision.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an anal fissure?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Tear: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the intestine in the area of your anal opening. This can result in pain while having a bowel movement and some bleeding too.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
good answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 10, 2012
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh commented
Family Medicine 30 years experience
I agree. They can be very painful! Good luck.
Feb 10, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

Any over-the-counter help for someone with an anal fissure that hurts off and on?

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Dr. Myron Lezak
Dr. Myron Lezak answered
Palliative Care 52 years experience
Some help: Balneol cream and tucks (witch hazel) pads may be somewhat soothing. Sitz baths with epsom salts may also help. Sit in a bath tub with just enough hot water to cover your anal area (not hot enough to burn you but as hot as you can tolerate) and supersaturate with about 12 tblspn of epsom salts.10 minutes twice a day. Usually is quite effective.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for an anal fissure?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Anal fissures no fun: Anal fissures are like paper-cuts in the anus. They can bleed, hurt, & recur, particularly with defecation & any other activity that increases pelvic pressure. Disorders of anal-rectal function, straining at hard stool, prolonged sitting, heavy lifting, long distance walks/runs are causative & should be addressed. If stool softeners, fiber, topical rx, & behavior changes don't cure, see a surgeon.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

My fiance has anal fissure and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Only short term: Anal fissures are usually treatable medically and at worse case scenario with surgery.They are not severe life threatening problems if treated properly, and do not shorten life span. If he is missing work from this he needs to get proper treatment so he can return to work permanently.

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