Hemorrhoids and anel fissures can have a lot of the same symptoms, one being blood appearing when you wipe. One can lead or irritate the other; this article explores their similarities and differences.  

What Are Hemorrhoids? 


Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum. They may appear inside or outside the anal canal, beneath the skin around the anus, or in or on nearby tissue. Hemorrhoids can cause pain and discomfort along with itching.  

What Are Anel Fissures? 


An anel fissure is a tear in your anus that causes pain during bowel movements. They often appear like a small cut on the surface of your anus that will bleed during bowel movements. Anel Fissure makes it difficult for you to control when you go to the bathroom because passing even the smallest amount of stool can irritate and cause pain. Anel Fissure can become infected if you don’t properly care for it.  

Can Hemorrhoids Lead to Anel Fissures? 


Hemorrhoids are usually caused by increased pressure on your anus while trying to pass stool. This pressure can produce or make anel fissures worse by irritating your anal canal, resulting in it becoming an anal abscess. If the anal abscess is not appropriately treated, it can lead to deep discomfort or infection in your anus, causing bleeding and producing pus.  

Can Anel Fissures Become Infectious? 


An anel fissure only becomes infectious if the fissure opens up into the tissue or muscle, which allows fecal matter into the area which can lead to an infection. 

Such infections can cause severe pain during bowel movements, fever, chills, and discomfort after eating large meals containing fatty foods. You should seek medical attention immediately if an anel fissure becomes infectious.  

Anel Fissures Treatments 


A doctor can treat an anel fissure with an anal stitch to help it heal properly. It may take up to 30 days for an anel fissure to heal entirely or up to six months if hemorrhoids are present. If your anel fissure is extremely painful, you should seek medical attention immediately to avoid future problems.  

Hemorrhoid Treatments 


If you have Hemorrhoids, your doctor can prescribe an ointment or cream designed especially for Hemorrhoids that will reduce itching and swelling while promoting proper bowel movements. You can also buy over-the-counter Hemorrhoid creams or lotions, but it is advised that you consult with your doctor first before applying any Hemorrhoid cream.  

Some other homeopathic treatments or surgeries can be used to remove internal hemorrhoids, such as witch hazel pads or banding.   

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