How to Heal an Anal Fissure

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It’s embarrassing to admit, but sometimes your butt hurts. Usually after a bout of constipation or difficulties in digesting your food properly, you can end up with an anal fissure. Anal fissures are caused when there is a tear near the rectum. Anal fissures can cause a burning sensation and will often bleed. While usually it is just a matter of time before the fissure heals, there are some things you can do to ease your discomfort at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub
  • Foods high in fiber
  • Stool softener
  • 1% Hydrocortisone cream

Fill your bath tub with lukewarm water.

Get into the tub and soak your bottom for at least 15 minutes. Try opening your legs, making sure that the warm water gets to your anal fissures. Do this up to three times a day.

Eat a diet that is high in fiber. Fiber helps to keep your stools soft. Hard stools often cause of anal fissures.

Take a stool softener while you are waiting for your high fiber diet to "kick in." It could take several days before the high-fiber diet begins to work.

Apply 1% hydrocortisone to the area. It may burn slightly when applying, but the pain should dissipate quickly.

Keep the area dry and comfortable. Sweat can irritate the fissure.

Visit your doctor. If the pain does not subside after a few weeks, visit your doctor. She may be able to prescribe a cream that will help you heal faster, or possibly even recommend surgery.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some anal fissures can only be healed by surgery. If your fissure does not heal after a few weeks (or if the pain is unbearable) see your doctor.

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