While anal fissures typically don’t lead to more serious problems, they can be a pain, literally. If you have ever experienced an anal fissure, you likely feel like you are the only one who has ever had the problem, but this issue is actually a common problem among people of all ages. No matter the cause of rectal tearing, we suggest these natural remedies for anal fissures: olive oil, aloe vera, and comfrey.
What Is an Anal Fissure?
An anal fissure is simply a tear in the lining of the lower rectum. Most fissures are considered acute or short-term and last only a few days to a few weeks; however, a fissure that has not healed after 8 to 12 weeks is considered a chronic condition and may require additional treatment.
What Causes Anal Fissures?
A common condition, rectal tearing affects individuals of all ages and is actually particularly common in young and otherwise healthy people. The root cause of a fissure is injury or trauma to the anal canal; however, this injury can be caused by a number of factors. Passing a large stool, being constipated and trying to pass a hard stool, having diarrhea, and giving birth are the most common culprits. Crohn’s disease is another fairly common cause of anal trauma.
Do I Need to Treat an Anal Tear?
While specific treatment of an anal tear is not absolutely necessary for healing, you’ll likely want to treat the condition just for relief, if nothing else. We have come up with a great assortment of treatment options for anal fissures, but three that seem to be the most effective are olive oil, aloe vera, and comfrey.
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil functions in two important ways to treat fissures. First, olive oil is a healthy fat that helps lubricate the bowel system and moisten stool, making it easier to pass. Second, olive oil is a healthy fat that reduces inflammation in the body and relieves pain associated with fissures.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera also helps treat inflammation and prevent infection. Applied externally or taken as an internal supplement, aloe vera moistens the anal canal and helps relieve pain.
Comfrey promotes healing and relieves pain. The key nutrients in comfrey promote rapid cell growth, which expedites healing of the fissure and relieves pain.
As uncomfortable of a topic as an anal fissure is to talk about, it is even more uncomfortable to experience. Give one of these treatment options a try or search our reader-contributed database to find even more remedies. Let us know what you tried to cure your fissure!