5 Surprising Non-Surgical Anal Fissure Treatments To Never Miss!

Anal fissures are non-serious conditions which constitute a small tear in the lining of the anus (lower part of the rectum to be precise). Whilst they are very rarely indicative of anything, they can be extremely discomfiting as they tend to cause a lot of pain, bleeding and/or itching during bowel movements. Depending on the case, they may be acute or chronic.

Before we proceed with our detailed article about anal fissures, here is a quick look at what it will be about.

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Anal Fissure Definition:


So, what is an anal fissure? How does one define fissure?

Fissures are, simply put, cracks. Fissures are quite common and usually nothing to worry about. Chapped lips, skin fissures, vaginal fissures, nipple fissures and anal fissures are all examples of cracks or fissures. An anal fissure, in a nutshell, is a small tear in the lower part of the anal canal. Fissures are sometimes confused for hemorrhoids and other conditions.

Causes Of Anal Fissures:

The most common cause of an anal fissure is trauma caused to the anus as a result of extremely large and/or hard stools. Some of the other causes of anal fissures include:

• Excessive straining during childbirth:

Too much strain during childbirth is a cause of anal fissures.

• Decreased circulation:

A decrease in blood flow to the concerned area is also a common cause of anal fissure. Proper circulation is of paramount importance to prevent anal fissures.

• Excessively tight anal sphincter muscles:

Again, this puts extra pressure on the anal muscles and this eventually culminates into anal fissures.

In a tiny proportion of cases, there may be more serious implications of anal fissures including HIV, herpes, tuberculosis, anal cancer and the like. However, before you start getting worried, let us reiterate that this is extremely uncommon. If you have an anal fissure, then chances are that it is due to a benign reason and not one of these.

Symptoms Of Anal Fissures:


The most common symptoms of anal fissures may be enumerated as follows:

Itching in the anus

Stools with blood

Pain and discomfort whilst passing stools

Visible tears and damage to the skin around the anus

Burning sensation in the anus

5 Anal Fissure Treatments Without Surgery

As already discussed, anal fissures are rarely a cause for concern. They typically respond well to home remedies and non-surgical treatment. Usually, it takes about six to seven weeks for anal fissures to heal completely.

Let us now have a look at 5 anal fissure treatments without surgery:

1. Increase Water Intake

It is common knowledge that water is very important for our well-being and that we need to consume at least 70 ounces of water a day in order to have our body function at optimal levels. Not staying well hydrated causes the stools to harden and this is one of the primary causes of anal fissures.

2. Increase Your Fiber Intake

Consuming enough fiber goes hand-in-hand with good rectal health. Fiber is essential for good bowel movements. Ensure that you get enough fiber in your diet. Brown rice, spinach, broccoli, whole wheat products, flax seeds, oatmeal etc. are all excellent sources of fiber. The recommended fiber intake is about 30 grams per day and Americans on average only get 15 grams per day.

3. Medications And Over The Counter Stool Softeners

Over the counter stool softeners could be helpful in alleviating anal fissures. Lidocaine can be applied to the skin around the affected area for pain relief. Ointments such as nitroglycerin are also effective in relaxing the anal sphincter. It is imperative that we add the usual caveat here when it comes to medication: do not take medications without consulting a doctor.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera’s healing prowess is widely known. Its ability to relieve pain and heal has proven effective in dealing with anal fissures. All you need to do is cut off a couple of aloe vera plant leaves. Slice them lengthwise and extract gel from them with the help of a spoon. Use this gel by applying directly on the affected area. Do this a few times a day(do not overdo it) and you will notice a discernible difference in a week or two.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil helps with anal fissures by lubricating the affected area. This kickstarts the healing process and alleviates the symptoms. All you need to do is apply coconut oil to the anal sphincter 3 to 4 times every day till you start seeing an improvement in your condition. Coconut oil can also be used by adding it to your diet. This helps with digestive issues and constipation, thereby making it a doubly potent weapon against anal fissures.

Other measures that you could take which have proven effective include avoiding foods which are hard to digest and warm tub baths.

Still confused? The video below further clarifies things


To sum up, anal fissures are by and large benign. It is necessary to reiterate this several times because people tend to panic when they notice anal fissures. This is not to say that anal fissures do not cause any trouble, pain or discomfort – of course they do – but if you are clear in your mind that it is not anything serious, then that is half the battle won.

Anal fissures home remedies usually work like a charm. Surgery for anal fissures is an absolute last resort and should be avoided. If a doctor prescribes surgery, make sure you get a second and third opinion. In a vast majority of the cases, it is unnecessary and some doctors may jump the gun by prescribing surgery. Sometimes people with anal fissures get impatient if they do not go away in the stipulated six to seven weeks. What you need to realize is that every case is unique and whilst some anal fissures may go away in as little as four to five weeks, others may take even ten weeks or more to heal. As long as you see improvement, stick to whatever it is that you are doing. How do you know if a fissure is healing? You will notice that your symptoms go away. The bleeding will reduce and stop, the itching will go away, the pain during bowel movements will go down, etc.

Let us conclude with this one line plan to exterminate anal fissures: eat well, stay hydrated, use home remedies as suggested and consult a doctor before taking medications.

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