An anal fissure can be revealed by these different symptoms:
- Sharp pains in the stools. The burning sensation can last for an hour, fade, and come back.
- Traces of blood on the toilet paper.
- Itching on the anus (more rarely).
NB: because of these symptoms, in some cases, a "reflex constipation" sets in, different from the organic constipation. It is mainly the pain caused during defecation by the fissure itself that will generate apprehension. The person will be restrained for fear of pain. Stool retention will cause bowel movements to dry out in the colon and make defecation more difficult.
In front of these symptoms, it is necessary to consult a general practitioner. The latter will not perform additional examination, the diagnosis is quite easy to perform. Be careful, however, it is wrong that this problem is considered a thrust of hemorrhoids.
You can also consult a gastroenterologist (proctologist) if the anal fissure does not heal or if it recurs quite often. This specialist examines the anal fissure, and looks for possible other associated problems (such as an infection, a tumor ...). He will then propose the most appropriate treatment.
What are the causes of bleeding from the anus?
The causes of bleeding from the anus may be of different natures and more or less complicated to treat. The annal fissure is one of them.