Anal Fissure in Dallas, TX
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What is an anal fissure?
Anal fissures are specifically a tiny rip, or cut, in the tissue that lines one's anus. The fragile, easily damaged tissue, called mucosa, that makes up the lining of the anus can get tears in it because of many reasons, such as the passing of large stools during a bowel movement. An anal fissure might be recognized by blood in the stool or the pain it causes during bowel movements. An anal fissure might also be followed by spasms in the muscle at the end of the anus, or the anal sphincter.
Anal fissures are categorized as chronic if they have persisted for 6 – 8 weeks, or if they are commonly recurring. If you believe you may have anal fissures, contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas and request a consultation with a gastrointestinal specialist. Our doctors routinely provide individualized treatment for anal fissures in Dallas, TX.
What causes an anal fissure?
There are a number of common factors that may lead to anal fissures. These causes might include a variety of individual things, including but not limited to:
- Excessive pressure during bowel movements
- Passing hard and/or large stools
- The childbirth process
- Recurring diarrhea
- Anal sex
- Difficulty passing stool
In regard to anal fissures, there are also a few factors that might elevate an individual's risk. Such risk factors might include:
- The childbirth process
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Anal intercourse
- HIV and STDs
- Age (anal fissures occur in higher numbers in infants and middle-aged adults)
- Difficulty passing stool
What are the symptoms of an anal fissure?
Commonplace symptoms and signs of anal fissures can involve:
- Visible cracking or tearing in the skin surrounding the anus
- Painful bowel movements
- Fresh red blood in the stool
- Lasting pain after a bowel movement
There is help for those suffering from anal fissures in Dallas, TX. We urge you to connect with a Digestive Health Associates of Texas gastroenterology specialist if you suffer from more than one of these symptoms, or if any one of these symptoms becomes severe. Always contact a doctor if you notice blood in your stool.
What are some possible complications of an anal fissure?
Anal fissures can be very painful but typically do not point to subsequential severe conditions. Fissures are very common in adults. A few common complications that may result from having an anal fissure might include:
- Failure to heal
- Tear in the surrounding muscles
- Fissure recurrence
You should consult with your GI physician at Digestive Health Associates of Texas about any concerns you might have in relation to complications from your anal fissure.
What are the treatments for anal fissures?
An anal fissure will usually heal of its own accord within a few weeks. To allow anal fissures to heal and prevent their return, your gastroenterologist may suggest that you:
- Consume a substantial amount of water
- Avoid foods that make you constipated
- Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fiber
Alternate treatment options may include:
- BOTOX® injections to relax muscle spasms
- Surgical intervention (less common)
- Blood pressure medication to relax the anal sphincter
- Topical ointments and creams to encourage supplemental flow of blood to the fissure, as well as for analgesic effects
Please talk to your GI physician in regard to the best treatment plan for you. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the specific care and relief you deserve.
Relief you deserve
An anal fissure can be painful to live with. If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for anal fissures in Dallas, TX, we can help. For professional support, call Digestive Health Associates of Texas to connect with a GI doctor that can help you get the relief you need to have regular bowel movements. Set up an appointment as soon as possible to get started.
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