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Whats the best way to relieve pain for a hemorrhoid or anal fissure?

Whats the best way to relieve pain for a hemorrhoid or anal fissure?

See your doctor: These are different problems and treatment may also differ. Pain is common with fissure: increase water and fiber intake, use stool softener and sitz baths. Topical nitroglycerine or Diltiazem ointment helps heal fissure. Hemorrhoids don't cause pain unless thrombosed- a firm swelling on the outside of the anus. Fiber, fluids, sitz baths help. Most resolve on their own. ...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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While peri-colace (docusate sodium) sheet suggests taking at bed time to heal anal fissure& hemorrhoid, what best time for regular colace (docusate sodium) can be taken and how often/day?

While peri-colace (docusate sodium) sheet suggests taking at bed time to heal anal fissure& hemorrhoid, what best time for regular colace (docusate sodium) can be taken and how often/day?

CHANGE MEDS: I would not continue to taken colace (docusate sodium) or pericolace (docusate sodium).These are not as effective as bulk meds such as metamucil or benefiber for aiding more normal stool evacuation with less straning. This will help prevent recurrent perianl disease such as fissures and hemorhoids. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a hemorrhoid, or anal fissure?

How do I know if I have a hemorrhoid, or anal fissure?

Have it evaluated: I suppose if you were a contortionist and had a mirror you might figure this out by looking. However, spotting a fissure would not rule out having a hemorrhoid internally that could be your main problem.Having you doc or a GI doc do a formal anoscopy (look at and up your anus) would sort this out. If you just have minor itching down there, local application of emollients like coco butter can help. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a anal fissure and hemroids?

How to tell the difference between a anal fissure and hemroids?

Anal Fissure: An anal fissure is like a cut. Hemorrhoids are distended veins at the anus. Both of these hurt very much. A physical exam by a physician would be best if you have never been examined for this. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for anal fissure or hemorrhoids?

Gentle: Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Want to keep stool soft. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. ...Read more

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What to do if I have anal fissure or hemorrhoids or something worse..?

Analyze this: Anal fissure or hemorrhoids are common causes of rectal bleeding. Home treatment includes warm sitz baths, stool softeners, high fiber diet, hydration. Be advised that colon cancer or vascular lesions can also cause bleeding. So a gastroenterologist can help you and perform endoscopy to visualize serious problems. ...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 are the differences between an anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

Very different: Hemorrhoids are veins that dilate in the rectum, can be internal or external. Fissure is a crack on the skin of the anal canal, cause severe pain when having a bowel movement. Fistula is a connection between the inside of the rectum and the skin surrounding the anus. Usually start as an abscess around the anal canal, very painful too ...Read more

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Is it ok to join a swimming class if I have hemorrhoid / an anal fissure?

Is it ok to join a swimming class if I have hemorrhoid / an anal fissure?

Likely fine: I don't see a problem with swimming as long as you dry off very well after swimming and don't sit in a wet bathing suit for a long time after getting out. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...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