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What's an anal fissure?

What's an anal fissure?

Torn and scarred: An anal fissure occurs with torn anal/rectal tissue usually with passing large caliber and hard stool. The tear scars as it heals. The scar is less able to stretch and can tear again. Add a bowel regiment: laxatives, fiber, stool softener, more liquids, probiotics to achieve two soft bowel movements daily. Softer, smaller caliber stools will help your fissure heal. Surgery if persistent. ...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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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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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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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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What is an anal fissure?

What is an anal fissure?

Tear of anus.: An anal fissure is a small tear in the lining (mucosa) of the anus. Typical symptoms associated with anal fissures are pain and bleeding. Fissures are quite common, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, such as hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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What the difference between anal fissure and anal fistula?

Tear / tract: A fissure is s a tear in the anal mucosa. A fistula is a tunnel deeper in the tissues with one opening on the outside and another opening on the inside of the anal canal or lower rectum. ...Read more

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What's the solution for anal fissure? I got prescribed nitroglycerin. Is this enough or do I need more? Would aloe vera work? It is more inside anus

What's the solution for anal fissure? I got prescribed nitroglycerin. Is this enough or do I need more? Would aloe vera work? It is more inside anus

Possible Surgery: There are a number of topical ointments that can aid in healing an anal fissure including nitroglycerine and calcium channel blockers. If these measures fail, a surgical procedure called sphincterotomy is performed where a portion of the anal muscle is cut to relax the anus, allowing the fissure to heal. ...Read more

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What can I do with anal fissure?

Avoid Constipation: Keep your stools soft with fiber(metamucil). Drink plenty of water as well. Try tucks pads (witch hazel). May need medicated creams, see your doctor to know what you need to do. ...Read more

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Sir what is the medicines for anal fissure and effective ointment rply soon?

Nifedipine: Nifedipine ointment works well for anal fissures since it is a smooth muscle relaxer. You need to see a physician and obtain a prescription. ...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've had, what I believe is an anal fissure for a couple months now, I just recently started treating it. Does hemorrhoidal cream help heal it?

I've had, what I believe is an anal fissure for a couple months now, I just recently started treating it. Does hemorrhoidal cream help heal it?

Anal fissures: Any nonirritating barrier cream that will protect the open skin while is is healing should hasten the process. Using stool softeners or increasing fluid intake with high fiber foods will also decrease chances of recurrent trauma, another key to rapid healing. ...Read more

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What is the distinction between anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

What is the distinction between anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

All different: An anal fissure is a small tear in the mucosa that lines the anus. An anal fistula is tract between the anal canal and the skin. A hemorrhoid is a 'varicose (dilated) vein" of the anal canal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and a hemorrhoid?

What is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and a hemorrhoid?

Different problems: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal causing pain and bleeding. An anal fistula is a tunnel from inside the anal canal out to the perianal skin. It may cause drainage, pain and swelling. There are internal hemorrhoids which may prolapse and cause bleeding, discomfort and itching, and external hemorrhoids which may cause pain or difficulty with cleaning. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between anal fissure/ fistula and hemorrhoid?

Different: Hemorroid--engorged blood hemorrhoidal blood vessel fistula--connection between anal skin and inside your anus or rectum fissure--skin tear. ...Read more

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I have what seems to be an anal fissure, small amounts of blood for about a month. Random black spot in stool only today. Feel as if I didn't empty ?

I have what seems to be an anal fissure, small amounts of blood for about a month. Random black spot in stool only today. Feel as if I didn't empty ?

Fissures are painful: Blood and difficulty with bowels movements are consistent with a fissure. Without pain, a fissure is unlikely. An examination will help identify the problem ...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