Like other small cuts or tears to the skin, an anal fissure will often heal by itself within a few weeks.
An anal fissure is a small tear in the lining of your bottom (anus).
Symptoms of an anal fissure include a sharp pain and bleeding when you poo.
Anal fissures are usually caused by constipation. Other causes include long-lasting diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease, pregnancy and childbirth.
An anal fissure usually heals on its own. Treatment includes avoiding constipation, and medicines to reduce pain and speed up healing.
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