Constipation caused due to impartial digestion of food often results in formation of fissures. The skin and tissue surrounding the rectum often suffer from tears. In many cases the tears can even cause bleeding.
Anal fissures can be treated medically or be left alone to heal on their own. However, if they aren’t treated at all they can be quite painful especially when you perform your morning ablutions. Hence it is best to treat anal fissures as soon as possible. There are plenty of easy and effective home remedies for anal fissures if you don’t wish to go to a doctor because of embarrassment.
Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Anal Fissures
1. Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and add a few drops of chamomile essential oil in the water. Soak yourself in this water for 15-20 minutes. Keep your legs open so the fissures in the rectum are benefited. Chamomile will soothe the irritated skin and help you relieve the pain caused due to tears in the skin and tissue. Take the chamomile bath every night before going to bed so that you may sleep better.
2. Never leave the fissures wet. Always dry them using a soft towel. You can also dry them with your hair dryer by setting the dryer to ‘cool’ mode. Keep the dryer at least 10-12 inches from the skin. Don’t burn the area. Once the skin dries completely apply warm coconut oil to the area to keep the affected area from drying. Dry fissures can be extremely uncomfortable and painful.
3. Prepare a solution of one part lavender essential oil and two parts distilled water. Take sterilized cotton wool and dip it in the lavender oil solution. Squeeze the cotton ball gently and apply it on the fissures. Lavender oil has medicinal properties that will help with the healing of anal fissures. Perform this treatment once every day till the fissures disappear completely. Lavender will also provide relief from burning in the fissures.
4. Take two teaspoons wheat germ oil and warm it a little. Apply the oil on the anal fissures to get relief from pain and burning. Wheat germ oil will help heal the torn anal tissues as well.
5. Take leaf of aloe vera plant and peel off its skin. Mash the gel-like substance found inside the leaf and refrigerate it for half-an-hour. When the aloe vera gel becomes cold apply it on the anal fissures to get instant relief from itching and burning sensations. Medicinal properties of aloe vera gel will heal the anal fissures. Perform the treatment twice a day for a week to get best results.
6. Take witch hazel and boil it in half liter water. Allow the infusion to cool and then strain. Keep it in the refrigerator to allow it to cool. Pour the water in a spray bottle. Use the spray as many number of times as you want to get relief from itching, burning and pain associated with anal fissures. Remember to let the area dry completely before wearing your clothes.
7. Apply glycerin on the anal fissures to take care of the itching. Glycerin will also help the anal tissues heal faster.
8. Take warm water baths twice a day to get respite from the pain caused due to fissures.
9. People with anal fissures often find it difficult to sit properly as the fissures tend to cause pain while sitting. Place a soft pillow below your buttocks to reduce the pain. There are many types of cushions available in the market like doughnut shaped cushions, water cushions, gel-based cushions, all of which are designed to help deal with the pain caused by fissures.
10. Do not use rough toilet paper to clean yourself. Use soft and gentle baby wipes to wipe after using the toilet. Toilet paper can be abrasive on the already torn skin and hence cause further pain. Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to the baby wipes before using. Chamomile will give relief from pain and keep the area infection free while you clean yourself.
11. Wash the rectum with a medicated soap and lukewarm water after you have your bowel movements. This is important to avoid getting infection in the area. Keeping the affected area clean and infection free will fasten the healing process.
12. Eat a well-balanced diet by including plenty of fibrous foods in your body. Fiber is very good for digestion and adds bulk to the stool. Fiber also keeps you from getting constipated which can be quite a painful condition. Fiber is also known to soften the stools. Hard stools can be quite painful on the rectum resulting in fissures.
13. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water to avoid becoming constipated. Drinking water also helps remove toxins from the body which can otherwise contribute to the formation of anal fissures.
14. Under no circumstances should you scratch the fissures. This will not allow them to heal properly. Every time you feel the need to scratch the area simply apply some petroleum jelly on the fissures using the tip of your fingers. This will take care of the itch effectively.
15. Drink two glasses of warm water the first thing in the morning. This will effectively take care of your constipation problem.
16. Manage your weight if you are overweight. Anal fissures are often the result of rubbing of the many folds of the buttocks resulting in the area being sweaty. The sweat also contributes in the formation of anal fissures. Exercise and eat healthy to achieve your ideal weight.
Don’t be shy to seek help of a doctor if the anal fissures do not heal in two weeks’ time despite doing the above mentioned treatments. The doctor will prescribe you creams and medicines for healing the fissures. The topical creams will generally have Vitamin A and D to help with the healing of the fissures. You will also be prescribed laxatives to keep you from getting constipated and for making the stools soft.