Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian with more than 20 years of experience. Lindsay Boyers is a holistic nutritionist with a Bachelor's degree in food and nutrition and a certificate in holistic nutrition consulting. Anal fissures can be unpleasant; there's really no other way to put it. They can cause burning, stinging, bleeding and itching that can decrease your quality of life, at least for a short while.
These are usually due to a child passing a hard bowel motion at some point and tearing the delicate anal margin and because faeces is passed through this area continuously it is often difficult for this to heal. Anal fissures can occur causing painful defecation and some blood which is usually bright red and usually coating the faeces. They are often associated with constipation and sometimes associated with infections in this region due to the bacteria that causes sore throats, streptococcus. In this circumstance treatment with antibiotics is effective. In other situations a simple anal fissure will resolve if the faeces are kept soft with laxatives and if local pain relief is applied with ointments.
Anal fissures are not exactly a topic for cocktail party conversation, and the reluctance to discuss them often leaves sufferers thinking they are the only ones affected. In fact, this potentially painful, debilitating, anxiety-provoking condition is quite common. So like many others, she suffered in silence. My work suffered; my life was on hold.
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