Anal Fissure in Washington

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An anal fissure is a small rip or cut in the tissue lining the anus. The paper-thin, easily damaged tissue, known as the mucosa, comprises the lining of one's anus and may get tears in it for several reasons, such as the passing of large stools during a bowel movement. In most instances, anal fissures cause discomfort with bowel movements and the appearance of blood in your stool. An anal fissure might also be followed by contractions of the muscle found at the end of the anus, known as the anal sphincter.

Anal fissures are classified as chronic if the fissure has been present for 6 – 8 weeks or if the fissure is a recurring problem. If you believe you may have an anal fissure, contact Washington Gastroenterology and request an appointment with a GI specialist. Our practitioners commonly provide specialized treatment for anal fissures in Washington.

Several common factors may result in anal fissures. Causes can include a variety of individual circumstances. They may include but are not limited to:

  • Passing hard and/or large stools
  • Constipation
  • Childbirth
  • Anal sex
  • Constant diarrhea
  • Straining during bowel movements

Regarding anal fissures, some factors can increase a person's risk. A few of these are also causes of this condition. These risk factors can include the following:

  • Anal intercourse
  • Childbirth
  • Difficulty passing stool
  • HIV and STDs
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Age (anal fissures occur more commonly in infants and middle-aged adults)

Common symptoms and signs of anal fissures can involve:

  • Painful bowel movements
  • Fresh red blood in the stool
  • Lingering discomfort following a bowel movement
  • A visible crack or tear in the skin surrounding the anus

Help is available for anyone dealing with anal fissures in Washington. We urge you to reach out to a Washington Gastroenterology GI specialist if you experience more than one of the above-listed symptoms or if any symptoms become severe. Always contact a provider if you notice blood in your stool.

Anal fissures can be extremely painful but generally don't progress to more concerning conditions. Fissures are very common in adults. A few typical complications that may result from the presence of an anal fissure might include the following:

  • Tear in the surrounding muscles
  • Inability to heal
  • Fissure recurrence

We urge you to consult a local GI provider at Washington Gastroenterology with any questions or concerns regarding anal fissure complications.

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An anal fissure will often heal without professional intervention within a few weeks. To allow the healing of anal fissures and prevent their return, your GI provider may suggest that you:

  • Avoid constipation
  • Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fiber
  • Consume a substantial amount of water

Alternate treatments might include:

  • BOTOX® injections for the relaxation of muscles/spasms
  • Surgical intervention (less common)
  • Topical creams and ointments to encourage the supplemental flow of blood to the fissure, as well as for pain relief
  • Medication to treat blood pressure to encourage relaxation of the anal sphincter

Please consult with your GI specialist about the best treatment options for you. Our dedicated staff will ensure you receive the specific treatment and relief you need.

Anal fissures can be painful to live with. If you or a family member requires treatment for anal fissures in Washington, help is available. For professional support, contact Washington Gastroenterology to connect with a GI specialist who will help you get the relief you need to have regular bowel movements again. Request a consultation with a provider in your community at your earliest convenience to begin the process.

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