3 doctors weighed in:
What are anal fissures? Is this something to worry about if I am constipated?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Thank
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
In brief: Rectal tears
Anal fissures are tears in the anus, frequently caused by straining.
Anal fissures can be painful. Treatment is resolution of straining. Nitroglycerin cream can help healing, as can Botox injection. Surgery is reserved for more severe cases.

In brief: Rectal tears
Anal fissures are tears in the anus, frequently caused by straining.
Anal fissures can be painful. Treatment is resolution of straining. Nitroglycerin cream can help healing, as can Botox injection. Surgery is reserved for more severe cases.
Dr. Howard Hack
Dr. Howard Hack
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Mark Pack
Board Certified, Surgery
27 years in practice
3M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors