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What over-the-counter meds or topical creams are good for treating an anal fissure?

What over-the-counter meds or topical creams are good for treating an anal fissure?

Anal Fissure Tx: Initial treatment of anal fissures is directed at controlling constipation, softening stools, and reducing anal sphincter spasm. Warm water sitz baths for 10-20 minutes a few times each day are soothing and promote relaxation of the anal muscles, which can also help healing. Topical creams containing hydrocortisone, lidocaine, and nitroglycerine can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Fissure (Definition)

Grooves or clefts in various anatomical structures such as the brain (transverse fissure between cerebrum & cerebellum), the skull (sphenoidal fissure), the liver (for the ligamentum teres), the lung (oblique fissure), the spinal cord (ventral median fissure), or other structures such as the palpebral fissure between upper & lower eyelids. Can also be a tear in a structure ...Read more


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How can topical nitroglycerin help in treating chronical anal fissure?

How can topical nitroglycerin help in treating chronical anal fissure?

Relaxes the muscle: Relaxing the internal anal sphincter muscle may allow the fissure to heal. Nitroglycerin is a smooth muscle relaxant. ...Read more

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Anal fissure diet?

Anal fissure diet?

Easy BM diet: Fissure is a tear in the lining of your anal canal. You need to minimize mechanical stress/ trauma of defecation to heal. Any food known to give you constipation or loose bm should be avoided. Many find adjusting the amt of fiber supplement helpful in achieving the bm consistency that don't hurt as much. Sitz bath and otc meds can promote healing too. If nothing helps, see your doc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an anal fissure?

What to do if I have an anal fissure?

Avoid Constipation: Non-surgical treatment includes warm water soaks 2- 3 times a day, increasing fiber intake, drink lots of water, and taking stool softeners or laxatives. Witch hazel (tucks (witch hazel) pads) can help. Some relief in a day or two usually. It may take several weeks for the fissure to heal completely. Sometimes fissures heal without treatment. May require surgery. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anal fissure?

What sort of problem is an anal fissure?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an anal fissure?

Pain on defecation: Pain or bleeding when defecating can be caused by an anal fissure. Be seen to have it checked. ...Read more

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I think I have an anal fissure. What are the symptoms?

I think I have an anal fissure. What are the symptoms?

PAIN AND BLEEDING: Pain and bleeding with bowel movements can be a sign of anal fissure, which is a raw tear in the anal lining. Quite painful, with a spasm type pain. Hemorrhoids could give you pain as well. So, keep well hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and seek a professional exam and opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use procto glyvenol for anal fissure?

Is it okay to use procto  glyvenol  for anal  fissure?

Aquaphor works: aquaphor, an ointment available without prescription works well, place a small amount on a q-tip, insert into anus, then wipe, this can be done with bm's, this will help the fissures to heal, diet and perhaps metamucil will also help ...Read more

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Anesthetic (Definition)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation ...Read more


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more