Anal Fissure in Louisiana
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What is an anal fissure?
Anal fissures are defined as tiny tears or cuts in the tissue lining of the anus. The fragile, easily damaged tissue (mucosa) that comprises the lining of one's anus might tear for many reasons. Fissures are commonly caused because by the passing of large stools during a bowel movement. Most commonly, anal fissures create pain during passing stool and the presence of blood in your stool. Anal fissures could also precipitate contractions in the muscle at the end of the anus, called the anal sphincter.
An anal fissure is categorized as a chronic condition if it has been present for 6 – 8 weeks, or if it is a recurring concern. If you believe you might be suffering from an anal fissure, connect with GastroGroup & Endocenter and request an appointment with a GI physician. Our physicians routinely provide individualized care for anal fissures in Louisiana.
What causes an anal fissure?
There are a number of general factors that may result in an anal fissure. These causes could encompass many unique things. They might include but are not limited to:
- Anal intercourse
- Constant diarrhea
- Straining during bowel movements
- Passing large and/or hard stools
A number of factors might increase a person's risk, a number of which of these are also causes of anal fissures. These risk factors could include:
- Age (anal fissures occur with greater frequency in infants and middle-aged adults)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Anal intercourse
- STDs and HIV
What are some symptoms of an anal fissure?
Common signs and symptoms can include:
- Bright red blood in the stool
- Lasting pain following a bowel movement
- A visible crack or tear in the tissue surrounding the anus
- Pain during bowel movements
There is help for those suffering from anal fissures in Louisiana. We urge you to reach out to a GastroGroup & Endocenter gastroenterology doctor if you experience more than one of these symptoms, or if any of these symptoms become severe. You should always contact a physician if there's blood in your stool.
What are the possible complications of an anal fissure?
Anal fissures can be extremely uncomfortable but don't usually point to severe conditions. Fissures are very common in adults. A few common complications that come with the presence of anal fissure can include:
- Inability to heal
- Surrounding muscle tears
- Fissure recurrence
You should talk with a gastroenterology doctor at GastroGroup & Endocenter regarding any questions you might have in relation to complications from an anal fissure.
What are the treatments for an anal fissure?
Anal fissures will usually heal of their own accord within a few weeks. To allow for anal fissures to heal, and to prevent them from returning, your GI specialist might recommend that you:
- Drink a sufficient amount of water
- Try not to become constipated
- Eat a healthy diet high in fiber
Additional treatments can include:
- Medication to treat blood pressure for relaxation of the anal sphincter
- Topical ointments and creams to increase the flow of blood to the fissure and relieve pain
- Surgery (less common)
- BOTOX® injections to relax muscle spasms
Always consult with your GI specialist about the optimal treatment plan for you. Our practice is dedicated to ensuring that you get the individualized treatment and relief you need.
Relief you deserve
An anal fissure can be uncomfortable to deal with. If you or a family member are seeking treatment for anal fissures in Louisiana, help is available. For assistance, call GastroGroup & Endocenter to get connected with a gastroenterologist that can help you obtain the relief you need to have regular bowel movements. Set up a consultation today to start the process.
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