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Warning Signs Of Anal Fissures

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BY: ARMEN GREGORIAN | August 10, 2023 | Anal Fissure

Anal fissures can be painful and uncomfortable, and they typically produce symptoms that are noticeable and may prompt individuals to seek medical attention. Here are some warning signs and symptoms of anal fissures.

  • Pain During Bowel Movements: One of the hallmark symptoms of anal fissures is sharp, stabbing, or burning pain during or immediately after a bowel movement. This pain is often described as severe and can last for minutes to hours.
  • Rectal Bleeding: Anal fissures can cause bright red blood to appear on toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, or on the surface of stools. The bleeding is usually small in quantity but may be alarming to individuals.
  • Anal Itching: Some people with anal fissures experience itching around the anal area, which can be bothersome and contribute to discomfort.
  • Spasms of the Anal Sphincter: Painful spasms or cramps in the muscles around the anus, known as the anal sphincter, can occur after a bowel movement.
  • Tenderness or Swelling: The area around the anus may become tender or swollen due to the irritation caused by the fissure.
  • Visible Fissure: In some cases, a healthcare provider may be able to see the anal fissure during a physical examination. It appears as a small tear or cracks in the skin or lining of the anus.
  • Difficulty Passing Stool: Individuals with anal fissures may experience difficulty passing stool due to the pain and discomfort associated with the fissure. This can contribute to constipation.
  • Recurrent Symptoms: Anal fissures may cause symptoms that come and go, but they can become chronic if left untreated.

It’s important to note that while anal fissures are typically associated with these warning signs, other medical conditions, such as hemorrhoids or certain infections, can produce similar symptoms. Therefore, if you experience any of these symptoms, especially if they persist or worsen, it’s advisable to seek medical evaluation and diagnosis from an experienced Los Angeles anal fissure specialist. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment can help alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

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