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A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you give me suggestions for anal fissure or hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Gentle: Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Want to keep stool soft. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Stay physically active.
Feb 5, 2014

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How to tell if it's an anal fissure or hemorrhoids?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 23 years experience
Pain: Anal fissures tend to be very painful. Hemorrhoids are usually only painful if they are thrombosed. A thrombosed hemorrhoid usually presents with a large, tender bump on the anal area. Fissure usually presents with pain with bowel movements and bright red blood. People often describe a sensation like razor blades or knives when they pass stool.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a hemorrhoid, or anal fissure?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Have it evaluated: I suppose if you were a contortionist and had a mirror you might figure this out by looking. However, spotting a fissure would not rule out having a hemorrhoid internally that could be your main problem.Having you doc or a GI doc do a formal anoscopy (look at and up your anus) would sort this out. If you just have minor itching down there, local application of emollients like coco butter can help.
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Last updated Feb 5, 2014
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