Advertisement What are anal fissures? An anal fissure is a small crack or tear in the thin, moist lining of the lower rectum. It is a common condition. Sometimes people confuse anal fissures with hemorrhoids. Symptoms of anal fissures The most common symptom of an anal fissure is a shooting pain in the anus and surrounding area.
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Causes Fissures result from the stretching of your anal mucosa beyond its normal capacity. This often happens when stools are hard due to constipation. Once the tear happens, it leads to repeated injury. The exposed internal sphincter muscle beneath the tear goes into spasm. This causes severe pain. The spasm also pulls the edges of the fissure apart, making it difficult for your wound to heal.
Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Anal fissures are small tears in the skin around your anus. When you have these symptoms, a doctor can help you get an accurate diagnosis — and the right kind of relief.
At first it was something tiny. Almost nothing. Maybe you felt just a twinge of pain or a tickle of an itch after going to the bathroom. Maybe you started to notice after a long weekend of playing hard that the water in the toilet was occasionally rosy.