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What are anal fissures? Is this something to worry about if I am constipated?

What are anal fissures? Is this something to worry about if I am constipated?

Fissures: Are tears in the anal canal from spasm in the internal sphincter which arises with constipation or chronic diarrhea. Besides causing pain and bleeding, they can get infected and cause abscesses and/or fistulas. They should be properly diagnosed and treated too avoid complications. ...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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I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?

I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?

Fiber + fluid: In order to avoid hard stools after starting an increase in fiber intake, increase water intake as well. Chronic passage of large hard stools can produce anal fissures and hemorroids, but it is not uncommon to pass a larger soft stool when initiating a higher fiber diet. ...Read more

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How does an anal fissure cause constipation?

It usually doesn't : In general, anal fissures do not cause constipation, unless you are intentionally stopping yourself from having a bowel movement because you're aware of the fissure. On the other hand, hard stools that happen when you are constipated can cause a fissure. ...Read more

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What to do for an anal fissure with constipation?

What to do for an anal fissure with constipation?

Softer stool: Treatment for fissure requires making sure stools are soft and bulky as well as use of a topic vasodilator ointment applied to the anus. ...Read more

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I had anal fissure 2 months ago because of constipation. I am still getting problem and I need to know how long it takes to get cure?

I had anal fissure 2 months ago because of constipation. I am still getting problem and I need to know how long it takes to get cure?

Usually 2-3 wks: fissures lasting more than 6 wks are chronic but treatment is still effective. watch your diet, use good hygiene and be patient. Increase your liguid intake and use sitz baths. Ask your doctor what other options are available to you. ...Read more

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Is my anal fissure considered "chronic" if it heals with conservative methods but then retears every once in awhile when I get constipated?

Is my anal fissure considered "chronic" if it heals with conservative methods but then retears every once in awhile when I get  constipated?

Best thing is to: avoid constipation. But sometimes it helps to relax sphincter muscle. This can be done with stool softeners or topical medication. Consult with a colo rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I hav anal fissure on and off since 2 years now anal tear is still present if i hav constipation than it will painful i felt anus is very hard ?

I hav anal fissure on and off since 2 years now anal tear is still present if i hav constipation than it will painful i felt anus is very hard ?

Non healing: anal lesions need medical attention , avoid constipation eat high fibre diet , stool softeners , plenty of fluids will heal in most of the time , See your doctor , some times you need biopsy of the area . ...Read more

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How to have a bowel movemt when constipated and and anal fissure exists?

Life style changes: you need to have a complete diet and life style changes ,first hydrate well,a lot of water and juices,less sodas and caffeinated average,less energy drink,eat more fibers and fruits and vegetables,more soups and less red meat,exercise regularly ,and take a stool softener and fibroid supplement if you needed.use a sitz bath for the fissure,and use OTC medication for comfort. ...Read more

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Any advice on how to deal with anal fissures in a 3-yr old? He was constipated once a week ago only.

Any advice on how to deal with anal fissures in a 3-yr old? He was constipated once a week ago only.

Constipated: First, you can apply vaseline to the anal area so that when he poops it will slide out more easily. Second, you want to increase fruit and vegetable in his diet and try to have him drink a lot of water. If he is still having trouble stooling, there is an over the counter medicine called MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which helps with constipation. Speak to your child's doctor before starting the miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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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