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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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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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Any treatment recommended for anal fissures? Why so they keep recurring? Use cottonelle wet wipes as well as toilet paper. What causes anal fissures?

Any treatment recommended for anal fissures? Why so they keep recurring? Use cottonelle wet wipes as well as toilet paper. What causes anal fissures?

Gastroenterologist: Evaluation. If you haven't gone to one, consider it. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

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What causes anal fissures and hemorrhoids to smell so bad besides having stool get stuck on it?

Odors are a function: Of the foods you are eating and poor local hygeine. Another possibility is an infection due the fissure but you would have pretty bad pain and possible fever as well. ...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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Can diarrhea cause anal fissures?

No: Anal fissures are almost always caused by constipation or anal distension (such as with anal intercourse or anal manipulation). Fissures can also be associated with hypertonic anal sphincter. The treatment centers around trying not to stretch the anus too much: stool softners, less aggressive sexual practices and sometimes relaxation of the anal sphincter by surgery or Botox injection. ...Read more

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Do eating chicken cause anal fissures?

Do eating chicken cause anal fissures?

Anal fissures: Know of no association between eating poultry and developing anal fissures. ...Read more

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Can anal fissures cause extra skin growths around anal area i've had anal fissure problems before this is the first time i noticed skin growths ?

Can anal fissures cause extra skin growths around anal area i've had anal fissure problems before this is the first time i noticed skin growths ?

Yes: A chronic fissure will often develop a "sentinel tag" at the base of the fissure. If you have growths elsewhere it may be unrelated to the fissure. ...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