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    I have been diagnosed with a couple of anal fissures and I also have a very large anal skin tag as a result of suffering from these fissures for 17 years. The fissures are bearable as long as I don't strain when I go to the toilet. I have been prescribed a cream called anoheal to try and get rid of the fissures by relaxing the sphincter muscle but the consultant has also booked me in for surgery under general anaesthetic to remove the skin tag. Whilst delighted that I will finally get rid of the tag which is large and has affected my love life and confidence for many years I am scared that the surgery could cause more problems than i already have. I have read that people have suffered incontinence as a result of this and the post op healing is very painful. Has anyone had surgery to have an anal skin tag removed? Is there any other treatments available? Is laser surgery an option and which surgery scalpel or laser would produce the better faster healing?





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    Iv had an anal fissure for over ten years and developed a moderate sized skin tag in the last couple of years. I went in last week to get this removed as it was uncomfortable and affected my confidence. I was in a bit of pain after the surgery but nothing as bad as the fissure pain however this all changed when I had to go to the toilet. Even although I had been taking laxatives and I passed soft stools, the pain was excrutiating to the point I fainted! The same happened the following day and I had to go back to the hospital where I was told I have proctitis as a result of the surgery. So I feel now I shouldn't have bothered getting the tag removed. I have also had mild incontinence but have been told this is temporary but its still very upsetting :(

    hi i am 16 and have had an anal fissure for over 6 weeks and ive seen on the internet about wheatgrass extract in a cream base that is supposed to help heal anal fissures well? is this true?





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    I had surgery to remove a large skin tag which was caused by anal fissures! The tag came back and the nhs won't do anything about it now. Seeking private medical help now

    I have 2 anal fissures and have had for a number of years. Sometimes pain and itch are manageable, other times it's as though I have sat on a red hot poker. The doc has prescribed a number of creams including Rectogesic, which causes mammoth headaches on usage. I now have Trimovate and I wanted to know whether this will make the situation worse by thinning the skin? Will it heal the fissures? I really don't want to go down the surgery route as faecal incontinence is far worse, but someone's thoughts would be appreciated. I have also heard that there is now botox treatment rather than surgery - is this true?





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    I have 2 chronic anal fissures and have been prescribed (anoheal) Diltizem hydrochloride which doesn't give me the massive headaches. It seems to make it less painful although diet tends to work the best.. if the stool is soft then it helps. Also, I find that holding the bottom cheeks apart when going to the toilet stops the anus from tearing each time.. a little on the invasive side just to go to the loo, sometimes needs must!

    I've suffered from anal fissures off and on for the past 10 years or so. The last time they gave me recotgesic cream - and I know what you mean about the massive headaches. The cream also didn't work, so after about 3 months of trying the cream I was referred to the specialist. I had surgery in September 2009 where they injected botox into the area to help the muscle relax to allow the fissure to heal. It worked for me and I would definitely recommend the surgery. The botox surgery is quick - day patient case and I was in no pain from the surgery afterwards. And immediately after the surgery I was in no pain from the fissure either. If the botox surgery doesn't work for you, then there are other options that the specialist can discuss with you. But I would recommend trying the botox surgery first.

    Hi, i have had many anal fissures and as soon as on heals another fissure appears. When i go to the bathroom for a number 2 it feels really sharp and i get a bit of blood on the tissue. I don't go for 2 or 3 days at a time but i dont force it out. What do i do?





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    I am 28 and I think I may have a prolpsed bowel and I also have skin tags and anal fissures it seems. I find this looks disgusting and I am so ashamed and embarrassed by this. What can I do to fix this and is it costly? I live in Western Australia. Please tell me there is something I can do. I have always been self conscious as it is I just Wang a 'normal' looking anus :(





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    hi My niece (2 and half years old) has terrible pain when passing stools - her face is so upsetting as you can see that she is in pain, often screaming "NO!" as she doesn't want the stool to pass, it culminates in screaming and a whole lot of crying. There has more recently been the bright red blood and clear hard stools. She also cries when cleaning the area with a baby wipe (which I have now advised the parents to stop until seeing a doc). It is currently bank holiday so not really too much we can do until tuesday. Is it unusual for a child of this age to have fissures? Is it likely that she will struggle in same way for rest of her life? (assuming of course that it is a fissure). We worry more because our father dies of bowel cancer at the age of 42 and both myself and my brother have had anal fissures. Looking forward to hearing any comments as it is heart breaking to see her in so much pain. thank you beth





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    My Nephue had this the doctor did blood tests and found a B defitionce in the stomach that helps digest the food , it is treated with tablets, he has had no more problems,the test is expencive to do and doctors dont like to do it.it is only a blood test but to brake the blood down into all its chemicals and quantitity is very expencive and takes a long time to do. I hope this will help you,sorry for the spelling.

    Hello, about 2 years ago anal fissures appeared to me. Iused to scratch the perianal area because it was itchy and a result i wounded the surrounding skin tissues. Now the perianal area is red, and if i dont keep it hydrated using moistyrising creams it starts to be itchy again and dry with paches. Do i have anal eczema?What can i do to solve this problem?is there any ointments that i can use? what about an ointment called FREZYDERM Anticort Cream?I also have to mention that i have stopped scratching. if i feel it itcy i use cold water to feel better,and i stopped using toilet paper after every bowel movement, i flush with water to clean the area. thank you





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    Try using something for diaper/nappy rash like sudacrem or a&d cream/ointment

    I'm a 32 year-old female. 3 1/2 months ago I had an anal fissure. This was followed by a hemorrhoid and now for the past month I've been experiencing what one may describe as anal leakage. I wash myself immediately after a bowel movement but approximately half an hour later I will experience a burning/itching sensation and after wiping there will be a small amount of yellowish/brownish matter on the tissue. My GP said I have a spastic colon whilst the specialist who I have been referred to so far said I've got no fissures. Up until 3 1/2 months ago I used to clean myself externally and internally using wet wipes. Since I have been unable to use them as I have been unable to insert my finger up there like I used to. The leakage accompanied by the burning/itching are beginning to impact on all aspects of my life and nowadays I'll end up crying every time this happens. Any suggestions as to what may be causing this and way of managing it would be highly appreciated.





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    How do you tell the difference between piles and anal warts? I'm a 40 yo male and noticed a couple of growths (about 5mm long) and several tiny spots around the anus in the past few months. They are not painful or itchy. Are these warts or piles?? I saw my doctor about a year ago because I had bled during the bowel movements although I had no bumps back then. And I was told that there were small fissures but nothing major and was prescribed with some suppository stuff. Does anyone know the differences between warts and piles? Thanks





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    About a week ago I noticed a lump on my right anal cheek. It started growing bigger and becoming painful. It now has 'opened' and bleeds and has pus coming out of it at times. It does this a few times a day now. Is this due to a anal abscess? I dont know how I could have gotten an anal abscess or this if it is this. Could someone please tell me how I got whatever this is and if I will need surgery or if a GP can do something.





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    When I was in my last year of university, I developed anal fissures due to constipation and straining. My doctor said the fissures were quite severe, and they caused me a lot of pain - often leaving me in tears on the toilet. I was prescribed a cream, but the headache side-effects were too much for me, and I was told the last resort would be surgery. I didn't want to go down this route, so spent a few more weeks in pain applying loads and loads of over-the-counter haemorrhoid creams and suppositories. I also drastically changed my diet, making sure I ate a lot of fibre, fruit and veg. I only occasionally get anal fissures now, usually when I've been to busy to eat properly and relax and not strain on the toilet. I'd recommend changing your diet to anyone who has trouble with anal fissures.





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    I'm 47 years old and have suffered from anal fissures for over 25 years. After years of suffering in silence,I was recently referred to a very unsympathetic consultant that caused me great pain trying to carry out an examination. After a second visit, I was diagnosed with a very deep tear and severe scarring. I have now had one operation to inject Botox which did help a bit but have not returned to see the unsympathetic consultant since. I now just try and cope with living with this condition as best I can. When the fissures begin to heal, I have sometimes found it helpful to very gently stretch the anus using a small butt plug daily. I have also recently read that stress is significant in the lives of people suffering from anal fissures so I am going to look into this.





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    I've had anal fissures for 4 years and here is what totally got rid of them. I shower with pure Castille Soap (found in Health food stores) and then I apply coconut oil on the fissures after my showers and after each BM. In four days they were gone and, after 2 months, I'm still free of them. YES!





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    I have anal fissure for more than 1 year. Nothing works for me. But I never tried coconut oil. I find that everything on internet saying to use coconut oil in fissure. Can you please explain how to and how much it should be applied.

    I have had anal fissures before and simply cleared them up with anusol (pile cream). As it has a small tube to insert the cream into your anus, it dries the fissures out very quickly, easily accessible and useable.





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    Hi I have similar conditions. I am 31 and have a bad case of multiple fissures in my anal passage way. But around my anus I have some kind of skin disorder the doctors reckon it could either be eczema or psoriasis. Already I've had 1 fissure operation but like the the surgeon said he could repair my fissures all day long but my skin keeps causing me to have fissures. I am worried if there's not a stop to it then it's going to ruin my life. I've used steroid creams bath creams barrier creams. Still nothing :-( I am seeing another consultant this week so hope after 11 years I mite get some where .





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    Try coconut oil.good luck.

    I suffered chronic anal fissures after childbirth I was at the point of surgery but then discovered an amazing painfree treatment that started working immediately. Go to Amoils, order heal fissures. It truly saved my life I would recommend anyone to give it a go. I hope it works as well for you as it did for me.

    You may be suffering from anal fissures. Small tears in the anal cavity which could have definitely happened in your case. Go to the doctor immediately for treatment

    After having two children I suffered with anal fissures, they thankfully have healed but I now have fairly big anal skin tags. Im too embarrassed to go to the doctors, would it be safe for me to tie them with dental floss so they drop off??





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    I thought I had piles but after several creams and suppositories nothing was working.i went to my doctors and asked them to be referred.i then saw another doctor who confirmed I had a skin tag and that I would need surgery.a week later I'm healing but hopefully be better soon my advice is dont be embarrassed people are there to help you x

    I too have suffered from anal fissures following really bad constipation as a result of the painkillers prescribed for a slipped disc. I also developed a bad infection of the fissures which gave me a rash all over my body and bleeding and discharge from the anus. Eventually I saw the GP who prescribed antibiotics for the infection and Ultraproct ointment for the fissures. I also used Sudacrem however I have now developed an allergic reaction as the skin in the area is now "super-sensitive" to anything I put on it. I have now developed a form of eczema around the anus and the skin is very itchy and just falls off in sheets! I am trying a hydrocortisone cream now and, with a high fibre and water intake, the fissures are improving and I hope the skin will eventually heal. The moral .. don't delay, just go the GP!





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    I am 34 and have been suffering from extreme burning for 4 weeks on the anal area (externally not internally). I have been to see my GP and have been to my local hospital. The doctors tell me the extreme burning pain is due to fissures. I also have piles. I have taken various ointments prescribed to me by the doctors, but nothing seems to be effectivly taking the burning pain away and it feels like someone has put acid on my anal area everyday. Is this extreme burning pain normal for fissures or piles? and can you recommend anything that can help me other than ice or frozen peas. Thanks





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    I had my first anal fissure age 18 after a very severe bout of diarrohea. I have had them since then and I am now aged 46. Five years ago I had a lateral internal sphinterectomy and all was fine, no fissures, until November 2009. I then tried GTN to no avail, sheriproct and am now on diltiazem. I can empathise with anyone who suffers from fissures. Mine have impacted upon my daily life so I have not wanted to go out due to the pain and fear of needing to use the loo. Also, drinking 2 litres of water per day results in always needing to feel am near a toilet. People seem to think anything to do with our bottoms is funny but fissures are anything but. My advice is to go to your GP and persist with getting treatment. Look on the internet on reputable sites for information so you can use self-help strategies to like keeping the area clean and dry, what diet to follow etc. There are some self-help groups on the internet too so you are not alone with this proble.





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    Hi, I am a 24 year old female. As a result of chronic constipation, I have being suffering from external haemmaroids for about 5years now. During my pregnancy 2 years ago my piles became extremely swollen and since I have being left with anal skin tags. Following a colonoscopy 3 months ago It was also found that I have two anal fissures which need to be stiched along with anal skin tag removal. I am very scared about the operation to come in two weeks time and would like to know is the recovery time long and what kind of after effects should I expect.please HELP?





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    After healing fissures can I have anal sex ever in my life?





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    I have that it's called levatar ani syndrome literally pain with no cause can be very painfull at times but I also suffer from anal fissures!

    I suffered with horrendous pain due to a chronic anal fissure and my Dr.advised me to take 3tbs of pure unprocessed bran daily, which I mix with yoghurt. This does soften your stools, but the pain still persisted, so I Googled how to cure anal fissures and I found a cure that consists of coconut oil and anusol cream. I was sceptical as it said it works in 3 days, but I tried it, and yes it did work for me, couldn't believe I was out of pain after all that time.





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    can u tell me if u mix the coconut oil and anusol cream or is it another way..really need to know ..cant take this pain no more x

    Hi, i find it very comforting to read all the other posts, i felt that i was the only one going through this, I have suffered from an anal fissure on and off for the last 10yrs (since having children) I have been perscribed some cream from my doctor (Rectogesic) Its helping! I have also ordered from the internet some wheat-grass cream. worth a read up about the benefits it seems to have, anal fissures being one of them! One can only hope, with fingers tightly crossed! I really don't want surgery as i am a scaredy cat, and read some things about loss of control with flatulence!!





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    Hi all, I am a young-ish female (29) who's been suffering from anal fissures for the past 10 years. Whist previously my fissures seemed to head after a few weeks, for the past year or so I thought I was having a fissure which refused to heal. My GP referred me to a colorectal surgeon who found out that didn't have an open fissure - I had three open fissures and a several scars from previous ones when I was examined (sigmoidoscopy - does not hurt) two weeks ago. The last year has been slightly infernal: regardless of how much fibre I added to my diet, how much water I drank or how many prescription ointments I used, the idea of using the loo was a nightmare: sharp pain like "passing broken glass", bleeding, and then a lot of pain lasting for several hours that made it impossible for me to sit (very awkward at work)... And everything bound to happen again the day after! The treatment I have been prescribed with was keeping taking a sachet or two of Movicol a day, adding two of Fybogel, lots of fruit, veg, cereals, etc, 1.5 litres of water a day (on top of any other drinks) and, additionally and most importantly: washing the area 2x per day with aqueous cream only (to clean as well as hydrate, so no soaps or other harsh chemicals), 10 days of a steroid ointment (Betnovate, it made a huge difference straight away but can't be used for too long), that was replaced by Metanium (a nappy rash barrier cream) after 10 days and (although I haven't felt the need to use them), glycerine suppositories. Because of the number of fissures and their location I am now scheduled for a total colonoscopy to rule out inflammatory bowel disease but, since this treatment began, for the first time in a very long time I am actually not scared of going to the loo because I know that the rest of my day won't be ruined afterwards. And all it took was a cream and some small adjustments to my daily routine! Anal fissures may not kill but they certainly have a destructive impact on your quality of life and ability to do your normal stuff. And, honestly, no one deserves those little nasties so don't feel embarrassed and get help, there are lots of non-surgical treatments available and a good physician will be able to point you in the direction that is right for your needs. Take care and wish all an anal fissure-free future!





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    I developed anal fissures once breastfeeding, no matter how much water & fruit I ate. My doctor prescribed a suppository which helped with the pain & healing of the fissure. I found EATING DRIED FIGS WAS THE ONLY THING THAT HELPED prevent me getting more fissures, as well as continuing with drinking lots of water & cutting out coffee & tea,the decaf varieties seemed ok- 1 a day (dry fibre supplements only made my poo harder). Chemists have "coloxyl" (in australia) that make your poo softer too. My baby is 1 now, & I still have to be careful with coffee etc & drinking lots of water or I get another fissure Hope that helps





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    I have had pains when I go to the toilets for months now and it has recently started to really worry me as I am only 19. I've started to put off going to the toilet because I know how painful its going to be. I've only just read about anal fissures and am thinking that's what it must be but really want something to be done about it as it's really getting me down.





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    Iv been getting pains goin to the toilet for a few weeks now. The blood is quite a lot and i thought i was dyin at first but told my mum and she said it was piles. im too scared to go to the doctors cause they always think I'm doing it for attention. I looked it up on here and it said i have anal fissures and i would like to know if u can treat them yourself or is it just a doctors job??? thanks





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