Anal Fissure in Texas

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An anal fissure is defined as a tiny rip or cut in the tissue lining one's anus. This fragile tissue, called mucosa, comprises the lining of the anus might get tears in it due to numerous reasons such as the passing of large stools in a bowel movement. Typically, anal fissures create discomfort during passing stool and the appearance of blood in your stool. Anal fissures might also precipitate spasms in the muscle found at the end of the anus, referred to as the anal sphincter.

An anal fissure is classified as chronic if it has persisted for 6 – 8 weeks, or if it is a commonly recurring problem. If you believe you might be suffering from anal fissures, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants and request a consultation with a provider in your area. Our GI specialists routinely provide individualized treatment for anal fissures in Texas.

There are a number of commonplace causes of an anal fissure. Causes might include many unique things. These can include but are not limited to:

  • Passing hard and/or large stools
  • Recurring diarrhea
  • Anal sex
  • Excessive pressure during bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Childbirth

When it comes to an anal fissure, there are also a few factors that could elevate an individual’s risk. Such risk factors may include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Childbirth
  • Anal sex
  • Constipation
  • Age (anal fissures occur more commonly in infants and middle-aged adults)
  • STDs and HIV

Commonplace symptoms and signs of an anal fissure can involve:

  • Fresh red blood in the stool
  • A visible crack or tear in the skin around the anus
  • Uncomfortable bowel movements
  • Continuing discomfort following a bowel movement

There is assistance available for those dealing with anal fissures in Texas. We encourage you to request a consultation with a Texas Digestive Disease Consultants provider near you if you experience more than one of the listed symptoms, or if any one of these symptoms increases in severity. Always contact a physician should you see blood in your stool.

Anal fissures may be very painful but don't usually point to subsequential dangerous conditions. Fissures are very common in adults. A few typical complications that come with having an anal fissure may include:

  • Recurrence of the fissure
  • Inability to heal
  • Rifts in surrounding muscles

We encourage you to talk with a provider at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to have any questions you have about anal fissures answered.

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An anal fissure will often heal of its own accord within a few weeks. To allow for anal fissures to heal, and prevent their return, your GI doctor may recommend that you:

  • Avoid being constipated
  • Consume a substantial amount of water
  • Eat a healthy diet high in fiber

Alternative treatment options might include:

  • Blood pressure medication to relax the anal sphincter
  • BOTOX® injections to relax muscle spasms
  • Topical ointments and creams to increase blood flow to the fissure, and for pain relief
  • Surgery (less common)

Please speak with your gastroenterology specialist about the optimal treatment options for anal fissures in Texas. Our providers are determined to ensure that you get the personalized care and relief you deserve.

An anal fissure can be uncomfortable to deal with. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for anal fissures in Texas, help is available. For assistance, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to connect with a provider in your area who can help you get the relief you need to have normal bowel movements. Request a consultation as soon as possible to start the process.

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