Anal fissures are small tears found in the mucosa, which is the thin, moist tissue lining the anus. While anal fissures are common among infants, they can happen at any age, and they are the result of passing hard and/or large stools. They can also be caused by childbirth, anal intercourse, chronic diarrhea, or straining to pass a bowel movement as a result of constipation. Inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn’s disease can also make a person more susceptible to anal fissures.
- “I suddenly began to experience pain during bowel movements, and I noticed I was bleeding afterward.”
- “After wiping, I saw fresh, bright red blood on the toilet paper, and I was in pain for several hours.”
- “I felt a small bump near my anus, as well as a small crack in the skin around that area.”