Common digestive problems, including hemorrhoids and anal fissures, can result in itching, pain, and general discomfort. Find out how to soothe that sensitive area and sit comfortably again. Many conditions, including hemorrhoids and anal fissures, result in irritation and discomfort in the anal region. The anus is the external opening of the lower intestine.
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An anal fissure fissure-in-ano is a small, oval shaped tear in skin that lines the opening of the anus. The location of the fissure is inside the anal canal posterior or anterior where the internal and external anal sphincters are located. The fissure occurs only in the skin the thin anoderm that the internal anal sphincter is covered by in the anal canal. Fissures typically cause severe pain and bleeding with bowel movements. At times chronic anal fissures can be pain free and not bleed the only symptoms is the inability to pass stool straining to stool against a closed sphincter.
Although it is usually better for us to eat a diet high in fibre, this makes diarrhoea worse. Avoid pickled and spicy foods because these irritate the digestive tract and can make diarrhoea worse. Eating several small meals a day instead of 3 large ones can help you feel less bloated. You lose a lot of fluid if you have diarrhoea so it is important to replace this to prevent dehydration.
Symptoms related to this sensitive area can be very troubling, yet many people are reluctant to discuss them. Itching pruritis ani , painful defecation, stained underwear, spotting of blood, and odor add up to embarrassment, distress, social restrictions, and anguish. These problems of anal discomfort are very common. Symptoms may coexist with irritable bowel syndrome IBS , accidental leakage bowel incontinence , or other functional bowel disorders. Diarrhea and constipation may worsen them.