Anal Fissures and hemorrhoids are frequently confused. This is hardly surprising as they have many similarities.
They share quite a few causes and they can even occur together at the same time
- They both cause anal pain
- They can both cause itching
- They can both have bleeding as a symptom
- They can both be caused by constipation
- They both appear in the anal region
- They can both be treated in similar ways
- They can both occur during pregnancy and as a side effect during the actual birth
But there are differences too!
have a sharp knife-like pain when using the toilet to have a bowel movement. This pain can continue afterwards for a few minutes or much longer. Some people describe this pain as like being cut by glass. Hemorrhoids
have more of a nagging and aching pain which can also cause discomfort when having a bowel movement.
In some people, anal fissures
can be very itchy so that it almost becomes the main symptom. The itchiness can be caused by the very sensitive area in which anal fissures occur. Hemorrhoids
are abnormally swollen veins in the rectum and anus; and similar to the varicose veins
that can appear on the legs. When these bulging veins are irritated, they cause the surrounding membranes to swell up so that they cause a lot of discomfort including itching.
are usually accompanied by bleeding when bright red blood is noticed on the toilet tissue or toilet bowl. Bleeding hemorrhoids
are hemorrhoids with a mucus covering that can become damaged quite easily from a bowel movement so that they can start to bleed. This secondary condition needs to be treated
and healed before the actual hemorrhoids condition is treated itself.
Constipation is one of the causes of anal fissures. This constipation leads to hard stools which are difficult to pass, putting a strain on the skin of the anus so that it might have one or more slight tears. These tears are anal fissures
and they cannot heal until the problem of constipation is addressed. Constipation is also one of the causes of hemorrhoids
. Much of the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids is from the so called “piles” which may appear at the opening of the anal passage after straining when having a bowel movement.
There are two rings of muscle which control the opening of the anus and if the stool is to pass through comfortably then both these muscles need to relax. While the external anal muscle tenses and relaxes freely, the internal muscle does not. The pain of the anal fissure
may cause the internal anal muscle to go into spasm, thus raising the pressure within the anus. This pressure then makes it harder to pass a stool resulting in worse constipation and so a vicious cycle occurs. Hemorrhoids
are clusters of veins in the anus and just under the membrane that lines the lower part of the rectum and the anus.
Natural ways to treat both conditions
Treatment of both anal fissures
requires checking bowel movement habits and avoiding constipation so that the bowel movements become smaller and softer. Changing to a diet which is high in fiber and includes fruit and vegetables as well as brown rice, bread and wholewheat pasta, drinking plenty of water and taking a temporary bulk laxative or stool softener will all help with this. Frequent warm baths or just sitting in a bowl of water will help to relax the anus. Ice packs or cotton wool pads treated with witch hazel are soothing and comforting to both anal fissures and hemorrhoids.
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