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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Any treatment recommended for anal fissures? Why so they keep recurring? Use cottonelle wet wipes as well as toilet paper. What causes anal fissures?
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
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