The intestinal tract or bowel ends with the rectum. It ends with the anus — the opening to the outside of the body. There are several common problems, including hemorrhoids, that can occur in the area from the rectum to the anus. While almost everyone has heard of hemorrhoids, the other conditions are not so well known.
Anal Fissure Symptom Checker. Take a quiz to find out if your symptoms point to Anal Fissure. An anal fissure is a break, or tear, in the mucous membrane lining of the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body. A fissure is caused primarily by constipation, which leads to straining to pass large hard stools; trauma caused by insertion of objects or by anal sex; and illnesses such as any type of inflammatory bowel disease or sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms include pain and bleeding during and after a bowel movement, discomfort and difficulty with urination, and a visible tear resembling a crack in the anal tissue that may have a foul-smelling discharge. Treatment primarily involves limiting constipation and thus straining by consuming more fiber and fluids, as well as easing anal irritation by soaking in a warm bath and gently cleansing the tissues of the anus.
An anal fissure is a small tear of the skin around the back passage anus. An anal fissure that lasts more than six weeks is called a chronic anal fissure. It may not be an issue you make a habit of discussing with your friends, but lots of us get to learn about anal tears fissures the hard way. They're not usually serious but they are most definitely painful!
Life is all about the little joys: getting a free cup of coffee from a waiter, finishing the Sunday morning puzzle, a stranger giving you a friendly smile on the train ride home. One of these little joys is a good bowel movement. You usually get off the toilet feeling lighter and brighter than you did going in, and it puts that little extra pep in your step you need to get through the day.