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Anal fissures: tear-inducing tears
Congratulations on the concise article on anal fissure. While the cause of an anal fissure is unknown, the condition is perpetuated by the cycle:. This cycle can be broken by adequate stool softening. Increasing fibre intake is slow to act and often fails to give adequate softening. The stool needs to be as soft as toothpaste. Osmotic agents e. The cheapest, most rapid acting product is liquid paraffin.
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Jump to content. An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the lower rectum anal canal that causes pain during bowel movements. Anal fissures don't lead to more serious problems. Most anal fissures heal with home treatment after a few days or weeks. These are called short-term acute anal fissures. If you have an anal fissure that hasn't healed after 8 to 12 weeks, it is considered a long-term chronic fissure. A chronic fissure may need medical treatment.
NEW The primary care update series is a new premium content based service from bpac nz Find out more. Initially, quizzes are posted out with journals and GPs are invited to submit their answers for CME credits. Register or Log in to take part in quizzes. Don't have an account? Register to use all the features of this website, including selecting clinical areas of interest, taking part in quizzes and much more. This item is 6 years and 11 months old; some content may no longer be current. Anal fissures are small tears in the epithelium of the anus that can be intensely painful. Most anal fissures are caused due to straining during bowel movements, constipation or repeated diarrhoea. They are equally common in both sexes, and most frequently affect people aged 15 — 40 years.