An anal fissure is a tear in the opening of the anus that can cause pain, itching, and bleeding. Anal fissures are common in infants but less so in older children. They occur in adults of all ages. The pain, which can be quite severe, usually occurs during and after a bowel movement.
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I had pain and some bleeding during bowel movements. My doctor says it's an anal fissure. What is that, and what's the best way to treat it? An anal fissure is a tear in the tissue that lines the anal canal, usually resulting from trauma, such as the passage of hard stool. It causes sharp, tearing pain while passing a bowel movement, often accompanied by a small amount of blood on the toilet tissue or surface of the stool. Anal fissures are common and can easily become chronic, because after the first tear, bowel movements reinjure the area. The sphincter muscle beneath the tear goes into spasm, pulling the edges of the tear apart.
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Patients with anal fissures typically experience extreme pain when having a bowel movement and red blood streaking in the stool. An anal fissure that develops all of a sudden is usually due to a recent change in bowel habits. Persistent or recurring fissures can be caused by continually poor bowel habits, overly tight or spastic anal sphincter muscles, scarring in the anal lining, or an underlying medical problem such as inflammatory bowel disease or an infection. Special medicated anal ointments are frequently prescribed to encourage faster healing. Apothecary Options prepares a special anal fissure cream that has been used successfully by dozens of patients. It combines nine different ingredients all into one, cost-effective product. What side effects can this medication cause? This drug may make you drowsy and dizzy.