Back to Health A to Z. An anal fissure is a tear or open sore ulcer that develops in the lining of the large intestine, near the anus. Do not let embarrassment stop you seeking help: anal fissures are a common problem GPs are used to dealing with. Your GP can also tell you about self-help measures and treatments that can relieve your symptoms and reduce the risk of fissures recurring. Your GP will ask you about your symptoms and the type of pain you have been experiencing.
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Find an ACG member gastroenterologist with a specialized interest in liver disease. The rectum is the last few inches of the colon. The rectum is connected to the anal canal, which leads the fecal matter out of the body. The opening is called the anus. Problems in this part of the body are common, but people are often embarrassed to seek help.
An anal fissure is a common and often painful problem caused by a small tear or ulcer open sore in the lining of the anus back passage. This can cause bleeding, local itching and pain with a bowel movement, which can be severe. When someone has an anal fissure the first treatments can include a high-fibre diet, laxatives and applying anaesthetic ointments to the affected area. Anal fissures usually heal within a few weeks but those that have not healed after 4—6 weeks are called chronic fissures. If someone has a chronic fissure, it is thought that the reason it has not healed is that the ring muscle sphincter that goes around the anus back passage has become so tense that the flow of blood to the lining of the anus is reduced.