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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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To avoid infection in the ass, what are precautions for someone with an anal fissure when using public places such as pools, bathrooms, gym showers, and toilets?

To avoid infection in the ass, what are precautions for someone with an anal fissure when using public places such as pools, bathrooms, gym showers, and toilets?

Gym anal infections: It is almost unheard of picking up any type of anal infection in a patient with a fissure from coming in contact with any surface.
However as a precaution, I do recommend all patients place a towel when coming in contact with a warm moist surface that is shared such as a steam room, sauna etc. Although rare, it is feasible for anyone to get anal condylomata (HPV) in that manner with or fissure ...Read more

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For mild anal fissure, how effective is nitroglycerin ointment 0.2% vs the rectiv 0.4%. Is it ok to use 0.2% to avoid some side effect. Thanks.

For mild anal fissure, how effective is nitroglycerin ointment 0.2% vs the rectiv 0.4%. Is it ok to use 0.2% to avoid some side effect. Thanks.

Then OK: Yes some do not tolerate higher per cent age of nitroglycerine oint. Gives head aches etc, anal fissure is annoying and painful condition some times takes wks to heal, eat high fiber diet, stool softeners, plenty of fluids and local care will feel better soon. ...Read more

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What causes anal fissures?

What causes anal fissures?

Trauma.: Anal fissures are usually the result of trauma to the inner mucosal lining of the anus. Most commonly this occurs when the anal canal stretches after a hard, dry bowel movement. Other causes of a fissure include diarrhea or inflammatory conditions of the anal area. Less commonly, an anal fissure may result from foreign body insertion or anal intercourse. ...Read more

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How do you treat anal fissures?

How do you treat anal fissures?

Local medications: Need to have soft stools. Use stool softness if constipated. May use either local anesthetic creams or nitro glycerine or Nifedipine creams. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have anal fissures?

No: Anal fissures are common, but not normal; tears in the lining of the anus; often assoc with hard stool, and/or tight anal sphincter. If they are in the north/south locations of the anus can be seen in otherwise healthy people; other locations can be assoc with things like Crohn's disease; Crohn's fissures can be north/south too.
See your doc, gi, or colorectal specialist; may (not) be a big thing. ...Read more

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What can be done for anal fissures?

Anal fissures?: See u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have two anal fissures, help!?

Fiber/hot baths: The hot bath will help relieve the spasms that are often present with a fissure. Increase your fiber and water intake to keep the stool soft. If you are not getting better within a few days see a colon and rectal surgeon who can often treat it without surgery. ...Read more

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Does lords procedure for anal fissures is good?

Lord's procedure: It is a simple surgical procedure thajt can be very helpful. ...Read more

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I have chronic anal fissures, what do you suggest?

See a Surgeon: 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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Do you have anal fissures if you are not a baby anymore?

Do you have anal fissures if you are not a baby anymore?

Not limited to baby: 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. ...Read more

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Sir iam suffering from anal fissures so help me to control it?

Sir iam suffering from anal fissures so help me to control it?

Anal Fissure: SSS: The three s's.
1. Keep the tear clean. This is done by soaking. Either use sits baths, wet wipes, but do not let this area get infected or irritated.

2. Soften the stool. You do not want to bear down with a hard stool to extend the tear.

And 3. Steroids. Some creams or suppositories will deliver a medicine to help the tissue heal.

Preparation h is witch hazel an anti-itch herb. ...Read more

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I have chronic anal fissures. Are they are any ways to heal them?

May need surgery: You should be seen by a colorectal surgeon. This could be a sign of something else. If itbis chronic fissure, myou may need a sphincterotomy, a surgery where a short segment of the sphincter muscle is cut. ...Read more

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Is it anal fissures develop only on anus cant near to it? Can it is heal with in a day?

Unlikely: If it is a true fissure, it is unlikely to heal in a day. More likely many days when there is no further trauma and it is given proper care. ...Read more

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How much pain can anal fissures cause? I've had them for a while and it's becoming unbearable at times.

How much pain can anal fissures cause? I've had them for a while and it's becoming unbearable at times.

Can be very severe: Hi VHeath
Sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly. They can be extremely severe. I've had many patients before that told me it's like sitting on a firecracker, hot coal, red hot iron. I've also had patients where they can't even sit down or have periods where they are almost writhing in pain. Hope you can get treated for them soon! Hang in there ...Read more

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Dr diagnosed me with 2 anal fissures. I'm ok for about 4-5 weeks and then they break open again. What can I do to help heal the fissures for good?

Nitroglycerin: If you have already tried taking stool softeners, fiber, sitz baths, and applying antibiotic ointment to the fissures and they are still coming back, you may want to ask your doctor if nitroglycerin ointment applied to the area is an option for you. It has been shown to be very effective in healing chronic fissures for good. ...Read more

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Anusol for anal fissures?

Ok to use Anusol: But just as important is to be sure to be eating a high fiber diet and most importantly drinking 80-100oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily, more if you workout strenuously. There are other meds that work better but if no repsonse to above after2 months you may need surgery to avoid complications such as an abscess. See a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I keep getting anal fissures and haemorrhoids?

I keep getting anal fissures and haemorrhoids?

See doc: You need to see a doctor for an examination. You may be instructed to adjust your diet a little to prevent straining and hard stool. ...Read more

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How much do anal fissures bleed?

Usually mild: It is not the bleeding with most anal fissures that is the problem--it is the intense and severe pain, which can be difficult to control. ...Read more

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Can Metamucil cure anal fissures?

Part of Treatment: Anal fissures are usually related to passing hard constipated stool or other trauma to the anal canal. Keeping your stools soft with fiber (metamucil) is only part of the treatment. Drink plenty of water as well. May need medicated creams to help as well, see your doctor to know what you need to do. ...Read more

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Proctofoam OTC for anal fissures?

Proctofoam OTC for anal fissures?

Ok to use Proctofoam: But just as important is to be sure to be eating a high fiber diet and most importantly drinking 80-100oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily, more if you workout strenuously. There are other meds that work better but if no repsonse to above after2 months you may need surgery to avoid complications such as an abscess. See a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Will daflon help with anal fissures?

Will daflon help with anal fissures?

Not in my book: Daflon is a medication for chronic venous insufficiency anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus as far as I know there is no connection and I have never suggest that for anal fissure best treatment for anal fissure keep bowels soft and use sitz bath (warm water in bath tub) and see a doctor for medication and possible surgery ...Read more

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Which remedy to use for anal fissures?

Several Options: 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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Help please! Could brown beans heal anal fissures?

A cup of standard: Brown beans has 12 grams of fiber. While the brown beans will not heal your fissure they can help with constipation (as long as you hydrate well enough). By not having large, hard, dry feces being passed -it gives the fissure a chance to heal without being split back open again. ...Read more

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What are some of the best creams for anal fissures?

What are some of the best creams for anal fissures?

Cream (s): I usually recommend a nitroglycerin-based ointment. Also, some pharmacies can make up their own concoction with the collaboration of your doctor. This is called a compounding pharmacy. Perhaps talk with your local compounding pharmacist to see if they have a formulation that is helpful. It is vitally important that you find out why you're having this problem and prevent it/let it heal. Good luck ...Read more

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What to do if I have anal fissures that keeps coming back?

What to do if I have anal fissures that keeps coming back?

Ok to use Anusol: But just as important is to be sure to be eating a high fiber diet and most importantly drinking 80-100oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily, more if you workout strenuously. There are other meds that work better but if no repsonse to above after2 months you may need surgery to avoid complications such as an abscess. See a colorectal surgeon. ...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)

A condition where there is a tear in the tissue lining the anus or lower rectum which ...Read more