Anal Fissures: Home Remedies

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

The Painful Anal Fissure.  Cure It At Home?

The high stress of Los Angeles life, or the stress of any big city living can lead to all kinds of ailments.  One of those ailments is the painful anal fissure. An anal fissure is a small tear, or crack in the lining of the anus.  As the anus is rich in nerve fibers, any disruption in these nerves can be exquisitely painful.

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An anal fissure is one of the most common reasons that patients visit the proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon.  But, before you consult with your doctor, consider trying some home remedies.  If you do not feel better within one week, you must see your doctor for help and to be sure that your diagnosis is truly a fissure, and not some other, more serious diagnosis.

What Can I Try At Home?

Home remedies consist of things that you can do easily or purchase over the counter.

What You Can Do:

  • Soften your bowel movement.  Eating at least 20 grams of fiber per day should do the job.  Sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, grains, certain cereals and fiber supplements.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.  While water is the purest fluid, any fluid will be sufficient.  This will aid in stool softening.
  • Spend as little time on the toilet as possible.  Gravity is not your friend and gravity will push your anal area outward, increasing the stress on the lining.
  • Exercise will help keep your body fit.  Exercise helps pump blood throughout the body and this may help heal the fissure.
  • Do not use soap on your anus.  Soap is extremely irritating to soft tissues.  You would not put soap in your eye.   Do not use it on your anus.  If you must clean the area, use water or baby wipes.

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.

If local remedies do not help, you should consider seeing one of the board certified surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.  You will be able to both confirm your diagnosis and then begin treatment.  By calling (310)273-2310, you can schedule your confidential consultation and begin to heal your painful anal fissure.

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