An anal fissure is a small tear in the tissue that lines the anus which can occur when a person passes a large or hard stool. Fissures are common among infants, but can be experienced by people of all ages.
Signs and symptoms of anal fissures
Patients might become aware of an anal fissure if they notice rectal bleeding after a bowel movement, experience pain during or after a bowel movement, or experience itching/irritation around the anus.
People experiencing anal fissures should discuss treatment with their primary care physician. Increasing the amount of fiber in one’s diet and regularly taking sitz baths can reduce the occurrence of fissures, and ease pain associated with the condition.