What is an anal fissure?
An anal fissure is a small tear in the anus that may cause itching, pain, or bleeding.
It typically occurs after passing a particlularly hard stool (bowel motion).
- Pain on defaecation (painful bowel motion) - Constipation - Rectal bleeding (fresh blood on toilet paper)
- Increase fibre intake (to soften the stools).
- Vaseline can give relief to the affected area.
- Analgesic suppositories may be required to ease pain.
Most anal fissures will heal on their own within a couple of weeks. However, in some cases, surgery may be required.