Anal Fissure, Adult

An anal fissure is a small tear or crack in the skin around the opening of the butt (anus). Bleeding from the tear or crack usually stops on its own within a few minutes. The bleeding may happen every time you poop until the tear or crack heals. 

HOME CARE

  • Eat lots of fruit, whole grains, and vegetables. Avoid foods like bananas and dairy products. These foods can make it hard to poop.

  • Take a warm water bath (sitz bath) as told by your doctor.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin.

  • Do not use numbing creams or hydrocortisone cream on the area. These creams can slow healing.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your tear or crack is not healed in 3 days.

  • You have more bleeding.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have watery poop (diarrhea) mixed with blood.

  • You have pain.

  • You are getting worse, not better.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.