Chronic Anal Fissures
Symptoms and Solutions

Chronic anal fissures are a real pain, but there are remedies. Let's look at the following:

1. What are anal fissures

2. What causes anal fissures

3. Symptoms of anal fissures

4. Chronic anus fissure remedies

1. What are anal fissures

They are tiny tears or cracks in the anal area that can cause pain during defecation. A very small tear can result in a lot of bleeding.

Anal fissures can occur in anyone, but many times occur in children and young adults. They seem to occur as much in men as they do in women.

Fortunately, anal fissures heal fairly quickly and are not considered a major health risk.

2. What causes anal fissures

  • Anal fissures are most always a result of constipation. The longer that stool sits in the colon, the more water the colon draws out of the stool. When food takes more than a day to pass through the digestive system, it tends to shrink and become overly dry and hard.

    The longer stool spends in the colon, the larger this hard dry mass becomes. When it is finally ready to be expelled, many times it stretches the rectum  and anus beyond their limits, and little rips result as the stool passes through.

  • Anal fissures can happen even when the stool isn't that big. When certain hard foods are not properly chewed, or indigestible items (nuts, nut shells, seeds, etc.) are swallowed, these can lodge in the outside of hardened stool and scrape the rectal wall.

  • When anything is inserted into the rectum, it can scrape or stretch the lower rectum and cause anal fissures.

Sadly, these little tears and scrapes can take days to heal. Till they are healed, it can be quite painful every time stool passes through.

3. Symptoms of anal fissures

  • Pain when defecating. If the pain is coming from inside your rectum, in all likelihood you have an anal fissure. If the pain is coming from a lump outside the rectum, then it is probably an exterior hemorrhoid.

  • Bright red bleeding. This blood will either coat the stool, or drip out after the stool is ejected. If you see blood mixed in with the stool, the distress is farther up the digestive system. This is not an anal fissure.


4. Chronic anal fissure remedies

When an anal fissure hasn't healed within 5 to 6 weeks, it is considered a chronic anal fissure.

First, why isn't it healing? If it is because of chronic constipation, where large, hardened stool continually reopens the tear, then the constipation must be dealt with.

There are numerous ways to deal with constipation. My favorite, which solved my constipation problems quickly, easily and permanently, is to take a mineral supplement rich in magnesium.

These supplements are designed to be taken every day. Since 2006 it has eliminated my constipation worries, and I haven’t had an anal fissure since. Besides, magnesium has numerous health benefits.

Second, if there are no large, hard stools that keep re-injuring it, then perhaps you should see your doctor. The first thing he might try is medication. If medication doesn't work, he may have to resort to surgery.


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