WHAT ARE ANAL FISSURES ?
An anal fissure is a cut or tear occurring in the anus (the opening through which stool passes out of the body) that extends upwards into the anal canal. Fissures are a common condition of the anus and anal canal and are responsible for 6% to 15% of the visits to a colon and rectal (colorectal) surgeon. They affect men and women equally and both the young and the old. Fissures usually cause pain during bowel movements that often is severe. Anal fissure is the most common cause of rectal bleeding in infancy.
- A visual tear on the anus
- A skin tag (small lump of skin) next to the anal fissure
- Extreme pain in the anal area during bowel movements
- Streaks of blood on stools or on tissue paper after wiping
- Burning or itching in the anal area