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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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What's the best treatment for anal fissures? I suffer from on and off constipation.

What's the best treatment for anal fissures? I suffer from on and off constipation.

Cure constipation: The hard stool tears the delicate mucosa. Most constipation comes from lousy diet so try to eat only god made food and leave the "junk" alone, particularly all that sweet stuff, candy, sodas (evendiet) sugar, all the man-made junk that poses as "food"! ...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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2 weeks ago had constipation which bled (Anal fissures diagnosd)/took treatment/today,constipatn recurred wid pain no bleeding.pl. help me to cure it?

2 weeks ago had constipation which bled (Anal fissures diagnosd)/took treatment/today,constipatn recurred wid pain no bleeding.pl. help me to cure it?

Constipation: It is possible your anal fissures are caused by constipation. Therefore treatment should be focused on relieving constipation - you can do this by increasing the amount of water and fiber in your diet. Medicines such as senna, docusate and milf of magnesia help relieve constipation. ...Read more

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Hx of anal fissures with constipation it flares up. But I've had two episodes of pain burning more intense at skin and low vaginal. Tested - forherpes?

Hx of anal fissures with constipation it flares up. But I've had two episodes of pain burning more intense at skin and low vaginal. Tested - forherpes?

Not herpes: Herpes outbreaks of the anal area can mimic anal fissures. But the vast majority of anal fissures have nothing to do with herpes. If "Tested -" means you had a negative blood test for HSV, then you can be 100% certain your fissures have nothing to do with herpes. ...Read more

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Hx: Lap cholecystectomy post op day 4, previous constipation cleared with enema X 2, anal fissures now present. ? Nausea when need to open bowels

Hx: Lap cholecystectomy post op day 4, previous constipation cleared with enema X 2, anal fissures now present. ? Nausea when need to open bowels

Fissures: For anal fissures warm water applications and applications of ointments like anusol or nupercain are soothing. Insertion of glycerin rectal suppositories allow easier passage of stools. If you have no urge to have a bowel movement, take senokot daily which has a stool softener and gentle bowel stimulant. If you have an urge for a bm and can't pass it, insert a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). A proctologist can help ...Read more

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Do anal fissures require surgical removal? Had bloody stool for less than 20 times in the past 3 years. With pain sometimes. Had occasional constipation and diarrhea. No anal sex history. Thanks.

Do anal fissures require surgical removal? Had bloody stool for less than 20 times in the past 3 years. With pain sometimes. Had occasional constipation and diarrhea. No anal sex history. Thanks.

Surgery not required: Anal fissures can usually be treated conservatively. In fact, a lengthy attempt at conservative therapy is usually best in my opinion. It can take 'a while' for anal fissure to heal. If or when conservative therapy fails, then there are surgical options that are very successful. Have you been evaluated properly? How do you know you have a fissure? If not previously evaluated, please get checked. ...Read more

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When i make a bowel movement it takes 2 hours stool is soft not constipated have hemorrhoids anal fissures how will doc fix bowel movement?

When i make a bowel movement it takes 2 hours stool is soft not constipated have hemorrhoids anal fissures how will doc fix bowel movement?

Anal fissure: There is probably a lot of unconscious with holding on your part because of the hemorrhoids and anal fissure causing pain when you have a bowel movement. I would try to make the stools even softer so that it will be difficult for you to take 2 hours to pass a single BM. ...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)

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