How do you heal a fissure?
Anal fissures often heal within a few weeks if you take steps to keep your stool soft, such as increasing your intake of fiber and fluids. Soaking in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes several times a day, especially after bowel movements, can help relax the sphincter and promote healing.
What is the best cream for fissures?
Application of a 0.2% nitroglycerin ointment may help heal a long-term (chronic) tear, or fissure , in the anus . You rub a pea-sized dot of cream on the fissure twice a day. It is a good idea to either wear gloves when applying the nitroglycerin cream or wash your hands right after.
Why do I keep getting anal fissures?
Fissures are usually caused by trauma to the inner lining of the anus from a bowel movement or other stretching of the anal canal. This can be due to a hard, dry bowel movement or loose, frequent bowel movements. Less common causes of fissures include inflammatory bowel disease, anal infections, or tumors.
Why is my fissure not healing?
Anal fissures usually heal within a few weeks but those that have not healed after 4–6 weeks are called chronic fissures. That means that not enough oxygen (carried by the blood) gets to the fissure (or tear). Without enough oxygen, the cells which make up the lining can’t grow and repair (heal) the fissure (or tear).
Is Vaseline good for fissures?
To help relax the sphincter and relieve pain, take a warm sitz bath after bowel movements. Vaseline (petroleum jelly) may also ease your symptoms. Injections of botulinum toxin into the sphincter muscle heal some fissures, but recurrence is common. If these measures fail, surgery is an option.
How can I treat fissure at home?
Treatment at home for uncomplicated anal fissures can include eating more fiber, using stool softeners, drinking more water, using sitz baths, and using a local anesthetic to decrease pain.
Why fissure occurs again and again?
Fissures can recur easily, and it is quite common for a fully healed fissure to recur after a hard bowel movement or other trauma. Even when the pain and bleeding have subsided, it is very important to continue good bowel habits and a diet high in fiber as a lifestyle change.