Anal Fissure in Houston, TX
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What is an anal fissure?
An anal fissure is a tiny cut or laceration in the tissue surrounding the anus. There is fragile, easily injured tissue, called mucosa, that makes up the lining of the anus. This mucosa could rip for numerous reasons, one being the passing of large stools in a bowel movement. Generally, anal fissures are known to cause pain and/or bleeding when you're passing stool. Anal fissures are classified as chronic if you have had the fissure for 6 – 8 weeks or if it is a commonly recurring concern. If you suspect you might have an anal fissure, call Gastroenterology Consultants and schedule a meeting with a GI specialist. Our practitioners routinely provide personalized care for anal fissures in Houston, TX.
What are the causes of an anal fissure?
Anal fissures may develop from a number of possible common factors. These factors may involve a range of different things, including (but not limited to):
- The childbirth process
- Passing large and/or hard stools
- Persistent diarrhea
- Anal sex
- Excessive pressure during bowel movements
When it comes to anal fissures, there are a number of factors that might increase an individual's risk, some of which are also causes of this condition. Said risk factors may include:
- Age (anal fissures occur in higher numbers in infants and adults of middle age)
- Anal sex
- Difficulty passing stool
- STDs and HIV
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
What are common symptoms of an anal fissure?
Some signs that you may have an anal fissure are:
- Bright red blood in the stool
- Pain during bowel movements
- Visible cracking or tearing in the tissue surrounding the anus
- Continuing discomfort following a bowel movement
There is help for anyone suffering from anal fissures in Houston, TX. We urge you to reach out to a Gastroenterology Consultants GI physician if you suffer from any combination of the listed symptoms, or if any of these symptoms increases in severity. You should always contact a physician about blood in your stool.
What are the possible complications of an anal fissure?
While anal fissures can be very uncomfortable, they generally don't create more serious health problems. Fissures are a common issue in adults. A few frequent complications that may result from the presence of anal fissure can include:
- Tear in the surrounding muscles
- Lack of healing
- Recurrence of the fissure
We urge you to consult with your GI physician at Gastroenterology Consultants about any worries you might have about complications from an anal fissure.
What are the treatments for anal fissures?
An anal fissure will usually heal within a few weeks and without professional intervention. To allow anal fissures to heal, and prevent them from returning, your gastroenterologist may recommend that you:
- Drink a sufficient amount of water
- Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fiber
- Avoid constipation
Alternative treatment options might include:
- Medication to treat blood pressure to encourage relaxation of the anal sphincter
- BOTOX® injections for relief from muscle spasms
- Surgery (less common)
- Topical creams and ointments for increased blood flow to the fissure, and for relief of pain
You should talk to your gastroenterologist to determine the best treatment options for you. Our practice is dedicated to ensuring that you get the personalized care and relief you deserve.
Relief you deserve
If you or a family member is in need of treatment for anal fissures in Houston, TX, rest assured that help is available. For assistance, reach out to Gastroenterology Consultants to get connected with a gastroenterology specialist that can help you get the relief you require to have regular bowel movements. Begin the process by requesting a consultation with one of our providers to discuss your symptoms.
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