I had pain and some bleeding during bowel movements. My doctor says it's an anal fissure. What is that, and what's the best way to treat it? An anal fissure is a tear in the tissue that lines the anal canal, usually resulting from trauma, such as the passage of hard stool.
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Anal fissure - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
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Your doctor will likely ask about your medical history and perform a physical exam, including a gentle inspection of the anal region. Often the tear is visible. Usually this exam is all that's needed to diagnose an anal fissure.
Back to Anal fissure. Like other small cuts or tears to the skin, an anal fissure will often heal by itself within a few weeks. Most anal fissures will heal with treatment, although they can happen again easily, particularly if you don't follow the self-help advice outlined below.