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This article was published on July 16, 2012, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
There are numerous different ways of treating anal fissures, and most are non-invasive and very effective. If you are suffering from anal fissures, it is a good idea to seek anal fissure treatment as quickly as possible to reduce the risks of the condition’s worsening. Anal fissures are quite common and there is no shame in seeking the help that you need.
When you first notice an anal fissure, it can be a bit disconcerting. They normally occur after a particularly strenuous bowel movement, or they may be the result of an injury. Typically, blood spotting is quite common and can range from a few drops to a large amount, depending on the severity of the anal fissure. This blood should not be confused with the more serious bleeding that is associated with colon cancer. However, if you are concerned about this, a regular colon cancer screening with a qualified clinic can put your mind at ease.
One of the most common anal fissure treatments is applying ointment to the affected area. Your doctor will be able to prescribe an ointment that will allow the muscles surrounding the anus, which are too tight in this condition, to relax. By relaxing the area, the fissure will often be able to heal. The doctor may also recommend an ointment or cream that can be used to numb the area and reduce the amount of pain that you are in. You may need to ask how to apply the cream to ensure that you are getting the most benefit from it. Once you start this anal fissure treatment, you should notice immediate relief.
Deeper anal fissures will require a little more involved anal fissure treatment. This can include special injections that make the healing process easier. Because the skin around the anus is stretched tightly, sometimes these fissures cannot heal properly. It is necessary to relax this area, to allow the fissure to heal. Botox injections are quite common and are considered to be very effective when used in this area.
Other anal fissure treatments include actual surgery to relax the muscle that is too tight. This is usually reserved for very severe cases that have not responded to other treatment methods. There are some complications with this procedure, such as incontinence, so it is typically only performed as a last result.
There are also a few anal fissure treatments that you can use on your own to find relief. A warm sitz bath can bring instant relief as well as helping speed up the healing process. The addition of fiber to the diet, or the use of stool softeners can also soften the patient’s stool, making the bowel movement less traumatic to the area and allowing the area to heal. Applying an ice pack can also be quite helpful.