Anal Fissures & 12 Tips To Help The Healing | Amoils.com
Not everyone is aware of the term anal fissures but if you have ever had this condition, you will remember the pain you suffered which can feel as bad as a sharp knife cutting into the anal area. Some people describe the pain as like passing razor blades or broken glass.
There may also be some bright red blood visible on the toilet paper. The pain can even continue for several minutes after a bowel movement. While there are many medical conditions that can cause anal pain, an anal fissure is usually as a result of constipation where the strain of passing hard stools can cause small rears in the skin of the anus.
The anal opening was never meant to accommodate large, hard stools
These can easily tear the anal canal, resulting in anal fissures as well as hemorrhoids. More rarely, anal fissures can be due to anal sex or the probing of foreign objects into the rectum. Once you realize what the problem is, you can usually treat the fissures at home with all natural formulas or by easing the pain and keeping bowel movements soft whilst the healing process takes place. However, if constipation was the cause and it continues, then it becomes very difficult for the fissures to heal. With a chronic anal fissure, the walls of the small tear can become thickened.
The pain of anal fissures can prevent passing a stool
It is the thought of “the pain to follow’ that will make many put off passing a stool when they need to, particularly in the case of children. Of course “putting off” only compounds the problem.
Anal fissures are very common in pregnancy as well as after the birth of a baby. When you are pregnant, a hard bowel movement or any stress to the inner wall of the anus can cause a tear in the inner tissue and when you are giving birth, the incredible pushing involved can lead to anal fissures.
Make sure that stools are as soft as possible to ensure a “smooth passage”
1. Take a mild laxative for a short time (which should be either a bulk forming laxative or one that softens the stool).
2. Take care not to suffer from diarrhea because watery stools can be as harmful as hard stools because they soften the tissue around the rectum – causing it to become a painful sore.
3. Change to a high bulk diet with fruit, vegetables and whole grain cereals such as brown rice, bread and pasta as this provides fiber in your diet. Other good sources of fiber include: sesame seeds, hemp seeds, oatmeal as well as pistachios, pecan and all other varieties of raw nuts.
4. Drink several glasses of pure filtered water daily as some of this liquid will be passed out in the gut and help to soften the stools.
5. Avoid alcoholic drinks as they can be dehydrating.
6. Protect your anal canal by lubricating it before each bowel movement by inserting some petroleum jelly into the rectum. See our recipe for an all natural “petroleum” jelly here to use instead.
7. Go to the toilet as soon as you feel the need, as putting off this action may cause bigger and harder stools to form which would be even more difficult to pass.
8. Keep the area clean by using fragrant-free baby wipes after every bowel movement.
9. Use ice packs to relieve discomfort.
10. Sit in bowl of warm water (you can add salt to the water) to soothe and relax the area several times a day.
11. Keep the area dry. With every shower or bowel movement, gently pat dry.
12. Treat the area with a natural essential oils formula from Healing Natural Oils to treat the symptoms of anal fissures and aid the healing process. H-Fissures will also reduce swelling and eliminate the other symptoms of itching and pain.
Once you have constipation under control, any small anal fissures should heal on their own while more stubborn anal fissures may need extra care and attention.
In severe or neglected cases of anal fissures, there are other options
- An injection of botox temporarily paralyses part of the anal internal muscle (sphincter), reduces spasm and thereby decreases the pressure on the anus. The blood flow then improves and healing can take place.
- Surgery is another option as sometimes a muscle spasm or scarring can interfere with the healing process. Such surgery is a minor operation usually carried out on an outpatient basis. The fissures are removed together with any underlying scar tissue. A small portion of the anal muscle is also removed to prevent spasms which helps the area to heal and rarely interferes with the control of bowel movements. Although healing takes place in a few weeks, the bleeding will disappear immediately and the pain within a few days.
Why the extreme pain?
A fissure can be so painful during and immediately following bowel movements is because the anus and anal canal are ringed with muscles to control the passage of the stool and to keep the anus tightly closed at other times. When those muscles expand, they stretch the fissure open. Once you have had anal fissures, you are more at risk in the future so some lifestyle changes should be made as a preventative, including keeping your weight down and taking regular exercise.