Anal Fissure: Causes, Signs and Effective Treatment

A Guest Blog by Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP.

What is an anal fissure? 

An anal fissure is a tear or crack in the lining of the lower rectum (anal canal) that causes pain during bowel movements. Fissures are sometimes confused with hemorrhoids. Most anal fissures heal with home treatment after 4-6 weeks. These are called short-term (acute) anal fissures.

What are the common causes of anal fissures?

Anal fissures can be caused by trauma to the anus and anal canal. The trauma can be caused by one or more of the following:

What are the signs and symptoms of an anal fissure?

Signs and symptoms of an anal fissure include:

 How are anal fissures treated?

The goal of anal fissure treatment is to lower the pressure on the anal canal by making stools soft, and to ease discomfort and bleeding. This can be accomplished by taking Docusate sodium (Colace) every 12 hours. Conservative treatments are tried first and include one or more of the following:

Apply Forces of Nature – Natural, Organic Fissure Care-- this is a combination of homeopathic and botanical ingredients. It is quite effective and recommended to apply 4-6 times a day.

If the fissure persists after 6 weeks applying the above treatment regimen, surgery may be necessary. It would be necessary to see a GI specialist.

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