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Anal Fissures

Anal fissures are tears at the entrance to the anus, causing pain and some bleeding during and after bowel movements. 

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Sharp pain in the anal area during bowel movements
  • Streaks of blood on stool or toilet paper after wiping
  • Burning or itching in the anal area

Treatment Options:

Most anal fissures aren’t serious, and will heal on their own or with topical care in four to six weeks. Some remedies include: stool softeners, increased hydration, increased fiber intake, and applying topical prescriptions. If your anal fissure doesn’t improve with conservative treatment or lasts longer than eight weeks, your doctor may look for underlying conditions that can cause anal fissures. Surgery may be considered in the treatment of chronic fissures.