An anal fissure is a tear or crack that occurs in the skin near the anal canal.
It is typically caused by stretching of the skin beyond its capacity .
Severe pain during and following bowel movement
Bleeding is often associated with the bowel movement
Some heal on its own while others become chronic
- Rectal Bleeding
- Difficulty with bowel movement
Treatment allows for looser stools and healing
- Sitz bath
- Xylocaine 2%
- Nitroglycerine ointment 0.2%
- Surgery is rare