When you glance at the bright red blood on the stool or toilet paper after pooping, what is the first thing that comes into your mind? "OMG, I have hemorrhoid!" But wait a moment, how do you know for sure if your problem is not something different from hemorrhoid? Do you know poop health well? Now it's time for us to dive more into poop health.
Have you ever heard of "anal fissure"? A lot of people confuse anal fissure with hemorrhoid because their symptoms are alike in many ways. In fact, the two conditions are pretty different from each other. One of the main differences between anal fissures and hemorrhoids is that anal fissures tend to only show symptoms during bowel movements, while hemorrhoids tend to be painful throughout the day. Without an examination, this difference in symptoms is usually very telling of what condition the patient is suffering from.
WHAT ARE ANAL FISSURES?
An anal fissure is a tear or split in the inner lining of the anus. It can be very uncomfortable or even painful. The main symptoms of anal fissures are blood on the toilet tissue or stool, severe pain when you're pooping or even hours after a bowel movement, and visible cracks in the skin around the anus.
WHAT CAUSES ANAL FISSURES?
You can develop an anal fissure if you are constipated, your stool is extremely hard, or your stool is abnormally large. There are also other common causes of anal fissures, such as chronic diarrhea, anal intercourse, childbirth, etc. But it can also be caused by more serious issues, like Crohn's disease or another inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, and syphilis. Therefore, it's significant to see a doctor if you suspect that you might have them.
HOW TO HEAL ANAL FISSURES?
If you either know or suspect that you have an anal fissure, there are some easy things that you can do right now to soothe them and help them heal.
Most anal fissures will clear up in 4-6 weeks if you keep the area clean and do not irritate your anal tissues further. Therefore, a bidet can be very beneficial if you have an anal fissure, which helps relax your anal muscles and to heal the wound. Wiping with toilet paper can irritate and scratch the sensitive skin on your butt no matter how soft it is, and this can also lead to infection because bacteria are not cleaned thoroughly. Try washing with a bidet, in which way there's no more pain from toilet paper. Hibbent toilet seat bidet uses a clean soothing stream to flush any residue away, effectively cleaning your butt. If you like warmer water, Hibbent allows you to have total control over the temperature that is washing your bum. And you can also have total power over how intense you want your bidet sprayer to be. With bidet attachment, it feels so good when finish pooping.
There are other home remedies for you to ease some more pain and tension from your anal fissures. Don't strain too hard on the toilet. It will heighten the risk of tearing your anus. And you may be able to prevent an anal fissure by taking measures to prevent constipation or diarrhea. Drinking more water might sound cliche but it seriously helps higher water and fluid intake, to prevent constipation that causes tears. Next, eat high-fiber foods and exercise regularly to help you poop better and keep from having to strain during bowel movements. Additionally, try to avoid caffeine as much as possible because it can dehydrate you and make pooping less comfortable.