An anal fissure is a common condition where there is a painful tear in the lining of the anus, the backside opening where feces is excreted. It is often described as feeling like passing broken glass. Typical anal fissure symptoms are a sensation of tearing, ripping or burning and usually a small amount of bright red bleeding during and after a bowel movement. While the condition can be very painful, it is not usually serious. It is estimated that about one in 10 people may have an anal fissure in their lifetime, though it is not possible to establish a precise figure, because some people may be too embarrassed to discuss the condition with their healthcare provider, and it is often misattributed to hemorrhoids.
Anal fissure - Better Health Channel
Back to Health A to Z. An anal fissure is a tear or open sore ulcer that develops in the lining of the large intestine, near the anus. Do not let embarrassment stop you seeking help. Anal fissures are a common problem GPs are used to dealing with. Most anal fissures get better without treatment, but a GP will want to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as piles haemorrhoids.
What is anal fissure and what causes it?
An anal fissure is an anal tear or crack, in the lining of the anal canal, a cut or tear in the anus that extends into the anal canal. Most anal fissures are less than one centimeter across, but the anus is a highly sensitive part of the body. As a result, a pain in this region can be quite severe, even with a small tear.
Error: This is required. Error: Not a valid value. If you see blood in your stool poo , or have pain and discomfort in your bottom, you might have an anal fissure.