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How is an anal fissure generally treated?

How is an anal fissure generally treated?

Successfully: A new or 'acute' fissure will often respond to simple measures such as softening of the stools (increased water & fiber intake, a mild laxative) and a topical anesthetic. However, a more chronic fissure may be treated with a topical medication to relax the sphincter spasm and allow healing. This works less than 2/3 of the time. When it fails, a small outpatient operation is usually successful. ...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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My child is suffering from anal fissure from last 2 months. she is 4 yrs old. tell some homeopathy medicine or how to get this treated?

My child is suffering from anal fissure from last 2 months. she is 4 yrs old. tell some homeopathy medicine or how to get this treated?

Anal fissure: Vasoline/Aquaphor can be helpful, but the bigger picture is to why we are getting the fissures, and the most common reason is constipation. Try treating the constipation and hopefully the fissures won't persistently happen. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w an anal fissure. No bleeding, & prolapsed hemorrhoid. Being treated now w nifedipine. Thinking its the prolapse. Burning so bad?

I was diagnosed w an anal fissure. No bleeding, & prolapsed hemorrhoid. Being treated  now w  nifedipine. Thinking its the prolapse. Burning so bad?

Fissures hurt.: Anal fissures hurt really bad. They burn and take time to heal. Use the Nifedipine as directed by your doctor. They use it to relax the sphincter which when too tight causes skin breakdown. ...Read more

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What is an anal fissure?

Tear of anus.: An anal fissure is a small tear in the lining (mucosa) of the anus. Typical symptoms associated with anal fissures are pain and bleeding. Fissures are quite common, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, such as hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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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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How is an anal fissure self-diagnosed?

How is an anal fissure self-diagnosed?

With a mirror?: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem as described. ...Read more

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How is an anal fissure surgery done? Is it successful? Will the pain go after surgery? Will the fissure recur? Want to be pain free asap.

How is an anal fissure surgery done? Is it successful? Will the pain go after surgery? Will the fissure recur? Want to be pain free  asap.

Still Painful: The surgery is done by cutting a portion of the sphincter muscle in the anus. Unfortunately it can be a painful operation. If you have not tried nitroglycerin or botox, these may be a good option before surgery. ...Read more

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I've had, what I believe is an anal fissure for a couple months now, I just recently started treating it. Does hemorrhoidal cream help heal it?

I've had, what I believe is an anal fissure for a couple months now, I just recently started treating it. Does hemorrhoidal cream help heal it?

Anal fissures: Any nonirritating barrier cream that will protect the open skin while is is healing should hasten the process. Using stool softeners or increasing fluid intake with high fiber foods will also decrease chances of recurrent trauma, another key to rapid healing. ...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


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Anal Fissure (Definition)

Anal fissure is a condition where there is a tear in the tissue lining the anus or lower rectum. This ...Read more