Anal fissures treatments

Anal fissures treatments

Treatments for anal fissures

Anal fissures, tears or ulcers in the anal canal, are a common disorder. They are most often caused when hard, dry feces are passed, causing the membranes of the rectum and anus to tear or rupture. Pain during and after defecation and small amounts of blood are the usual symptoms.

These tears often heal naturally in a few days, and the first treatment is to deal with the constipation that often is the root cause. A high-fiber diet – with plenty of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, accompanied by the consumption of lots of fluids – softens stools so that the fissure can heal.

If fissures are persistent or chronic and don’t respond to a change of diet, two techniques have high success rates. Excessive tightness of the sphincter muscles, which clamp down to hold the anus closed, may actually cut off blood circulation to the inner membranes, slowing healing. The new treatments both aim to relax the sphincter muscles temporarily, allowing blood flow and healing. One uses an ointment which the patient inserts into the anus several times per day. The other involves an injection to the sphincter muscle, which relaxes it for several months.


Acupressure for anal pain
Here are lists of acupressure points for Anus pain, Rectum pain, Colitis and Constipation on PointFinder.org.
If this is your first time, please read the instructions. Don’t use acupressure to replace standard emergency procedures or licensed medical treatment. If you are seriously injured or have acute symptoms seek urgent medical treatment.


LABELS:
Rectum
Fissure
Anus
Inner sphincter muscle (involuntary)
Outer sphincter muscle (voluntary)

Text and illustrations by Kevin T. Boyd