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.
Anal fissures are cracks or tears in the skin around your anus. The crack in the skin exposes the muscle underneath, causing burning and sharp pain when you have a bowel movement. The pain can last for hours after the bowel movement and can be severe. These cracks are usually caused by the passage of a hard stool but also can be caused by persistent diarrhea. Some people get fissures once in awhile and others can become chronic, lasting for years. The pain of a fissure may cause people to avoid having a bowel movement leading to chronic constipation. People are often embarrassed to see a doctor because of the location of the pain or they are afraid they will cause more pain.
Have you ever really looked at your own poop? There's a lot you can learn if you give it a shot. When my poop is bright red, the culprit is usually beets I ate a day or two before. As beets have become a larger part of my diet, the number of seconds I stare at bright red poop while thinking I'm about to die have steadily decreased.
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