Fissure is said to occur when the internal anal muscles suffer a tear. This anal fissure can be caused due to passing large stool or as a result of constipation. In some cases, childbirth can also induce the condition. The symptoms include severe pain during passing stool and it could cause a burning sensation as well. Itching and bleeding are also other symptoms.
HOW IS FISSURE DIAGNOSED?
The condition can be easily diagnosed by a physical examination of the anal region. Your general physician may also perform a digital rectal exam to analyse the severity of the fissure.
HOW IS FISSURE TREATED?
Most anal fissures do not require extensive treatments but if the fissure is causing too much discomfort, over the counter stool softeners may be used. Taking warm baths known as sitz baths can be helpful too.
DID YOU KNOW?
A common complication of fissure is extension of the tear to surrounding tissues.