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What’s the difference between Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissures?

What’s a Hemorrhoid

Hemorrhoids are also called “Piles”. They are somewhat like varicose veins in the legs. The veins in the rectum are not buried deep in the flesh. They lie close to the surface, where they can easily be pressed on and irritated. Any pressure that slows up the flow of blood through these veins can cause piles or hemorrhoids. The causes of hemorrhoids are many and information is readily available through this blog.

What’s an Anal Fissure

An anal fissure is a painful cut, groove or tear in the rectum (the opening through which stool passes out of the body) that extends into the anal canal or extends downward . Anal fissures occur in the sensitive tissue that lines the anal canal, called “anoderm”. The large amount of nerves in this area explains why anal fissures are so painful. The causes can be extreme constipation, hard dry stools or diarrhea. The insertion of a rectal thermometer can also cause sufficient trauma to this area and can produce an anal fissure.

Treating an Anal Fissure at home

Sitz baths

Fiber supplements

Stool softeners


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