Anal Fissure in Arizona
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What is an anal fissure?
Anal fissures are defined as a tiny rip, or cut, in the tissue that lines the anus. There is fragile, easily injured tissue, called mucosa, that comprises the lining of one's anus may rip due to a number of reasons such as the passing of large stools in a bowel movement. Most commonly, anal fissures create pain during bowel movements and the presence of blood in your stool. An anal fissure might also lead to contractions in the muscle found at the end of the anus, known as the anal sphincter.
Anal fissures are categorized as chronic if it has been present for 6 – 8 weeks, or if it is a recurring issue. If you suspect you may have anal fissures, connect Arizona Digestive Health and book a consultation with a gastrointestinal physician. Our experts provide individualized care for anal fissures in Arizona.
What are the causes of an anal fissure?
There are a number of common factors that may result in an anal fissure. Causes could encompass many different things. They could include but are not limited to:
- The childbirth process
- Persistent diarrhea
- Anal sex
- Passing large and/or hard stools
- Excessive pressure during bowel movements
When it comes to anal fissures, there are a number of factors that can elevate a person's risk, some of which are also causes of the condition. Such risk factors may include:
- The childbirth process
- Age (anal fissures occur with greater frequency in infants and adults of middle-age)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Anal intercourse
- STDs and HIV
- Difficulty passing stool
What are the symptoms of an anal fissure?
Commonplace signs and symptoms of anal fissures include but are not limited to:
- A visible crack or tear in the tissue around the anus
- Lingering pain following a bowel movement
- Bright red blood in the stool
- Pain during bowel movements
There is help for those suffering from anal fissures in Arizona. You should connect with an Arizona Digestive Health gastroenterology physician if you are having any combination of the listed symptoms, or if any of these symptoms grow more worrisome. You should always contact a physician if you notice blood in your stool.
What are the possible complications of an anal fissure?
Anal fissures might be excessively irritating but they do not usually lead to severe complications. Fissures are common in adults. An example of some frequent issues that may result from the presence of anal fissure may include:
- Surrounding muscle tears
- Failure to heal
- Recurrence of the fissure
We urge you to speak with a gastroenterology doctor at Arizona Digestive Health regarding any worries you may have regarding complications from your anal fissure.
What are the treatments for an anal fissure?
Anal fissures will typically heal without professional intervention within a few weeks. To allow anal fissures to heal, and in an effort to prevent their return, your gastroenterology doctor might suggest that you:
- Consume a substantial amount of water
- Avoid constipation
- Eat a healthy diet high in fiber
Additional treatment options can include:
- Topical creams and ointments to encourage supplemental blood flow to the fissure, as well as for analgesic effects
- Blood pressure medication to encourage relaxation of the anal sphincter
- BOTOX® injections for relief from muscle spasms
- Surgical intervention (less common)
Please consult with your GI doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the personalized care and relief you need.
Relief you deserve
Anal fissures can be uncomfortable to deal with. If you or a family member is in need of treatment for anal fissures in Arizona, we can help. For assistance, call Arizona Digestive Health to get connected with a gastroenterology specialist who will help you get the relief you need to have normal bowel movements. Reserve an appointment today to get started.
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