An anal fissure is a rip or an open sore in the skin around the anus and causes burning and severe pain during bowel movement. People suffering from constipation are at high risk for developing this condition due to hard and large-sized stools that result to tearing of the anal lining.
Common symptoms of anal fissure
- Itchiness of the area and followed by intense pain and bleeding when having a bowel movement.
- Presence of bright red blood on the stool or on the toilet paper.
- There is a tag of skin called sentinel pile that develops below the fissure usually at the edge of the anus.
- Smelly discharge and itching of the anus.
- Anal fissure is usually caused by constipation. The tears in the anal lining and the spincter muscles become damaged due to over straining when passing out hard and dry stool.
- Sitting for long periods of time in the toilet during bowel movements increases pressure on the muscles and eventually tear and weaken with overstraining.
- Chronic diarrhea
- Inflammation of the anorectal area
- Infection of the skin around the anus area makes the skin susceptible to wear and tear.
- Some women develop anal fissures during the final trimester of the pregnancy or childbirth.
- Mix equivalent amounts of olive oil, honey and beeswax in a container and warm in a microwave until beeswax is totally melted. Let it cool and apply on the affected area several times every day. Olive oil is rich in healthy fats that lubricate the bowel system for easy passing out of stool.
- Take a hot sitz bath. In a bathtub filled with warm water, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Soak in the bathtub up to the waist for at least 15-20 minutes for 2-3 times every day. Another alternative is applying a warm compress on the affected area after a bowel movement.
- Coconut oil also helps in treating anal fissures. It is rich in medium chain triglycerides and easily penetrates the skin, lubricates the affected area and for fast healing of the condition. Apply coconut oil on the anal sphincter at least 2-3 times for several times every day. If suffering from constipation, coconut oil can be added to the diet.
- In a glass of water, mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Honey can also be added to the mixture. Drink this mixture at least 2 times every day. Apple cider vinegar is effective for treating constipation. Pectin found in apple cider vinegar improves bowel movement and digestion.
- Keep the body well hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids to soften the stools and minimize constipation.
- Perform regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day for regular bowel movement and proper blood flow in the area.