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A 21-year-old female asked:

have anal tear, what are the signs that it's healing up?

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Dr. Jay Singh
Colon and Rectal Surgery 31 years experience
Pain and bleeding: The most likely symptoms of an active fissure are pain and bleeding. The resolution of these symptoms indicate healing. Itching may indicate partial healing and can remain a bothersome feature. High fiber diets and increased water intake with or without stool softeners can help but if the symptoms persist, you may need to see a specialist.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

Have healing anal tear, is it possible to get another tear while the other one is healing?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
It's possible: Go for an evaluation with your doc, to discuss medical and possible surgical intervention for your anal/rectal problems. Diet change, particularly lower fats, lower gluten, may help. Increasing local care with daily to twice daily shower, hairdryer the area, desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) salves, and bowel regimen. Good luck.
Dallas, TX
A 18-year-old male asked:

Anal tear bleeds every time I go to the restroom. How long will this last?

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Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
This tear will: keep re-opening as long as you are straining at large, hard, difficult to pass, infrequent bowel movements. In order to let it heal, consider softening your stools through diet (increase intake of stone fruits and their juices) or via medication (PEG 3350 vs Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide).) Your doctor can help guide you through your struggles with anal fissures.

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