It is often described as feeling like passing broken glass.
Typical anal fissure symptoms are a sensation of tearing, ripping or burning and usually a small amount of bright red bleeding during and after a bowel movement.
While the condition can be very painful, it is not usually serious.
How do I know if I have a hemorrhoid or a fissure?
Anal fissures are tears of the sensitive mucosal lining of the anus. What are the signs and symptoms? With internal hemorrhoids, the only symptom may be rectal bleeding. Bright red blood may appear as streaks on toilet paper or stool, or bright red blood that drips into the toilet following bowel movements.
How long do anal fissures last?
Anal fissures usually heal within a few weeks without the need for treatment. But they can easily come back if they’re caused by constipation that remains untreated. In some people, symptoms from anal fissures last 6 weeks or more (chronic anal fissures).
Is anal fissure dangerous?
Too much pressure, tight anal sphincter muscles, and poor blood supply to your anus may lead to their development and poor healing. Anal fissures don’t usually give way to more serious problems. They don’t cause cancer. But they can be very uncomfortable.
What causes anal fissure?
An anal fissure most often occurs when passing large or hard stools. Chronic constipation or frequent diarrhea can also tear the skin around your anus. Other common causes include: straining during childbirth or bowel movements.