Anal fissures in the human digestion system have traditionally been known to be caused by bowel movements during defecation. Whereas many people have different ways of describing and defining what anal fissures are, both patients and medical practitioners mutually agree that an anal fissure is a slight tear or an open sore in the internal walls of the anus.
Chronic anal fissures are known to cause burning or stinging sensations leading to extreme discomfort and bloody fecal material. Besides constipation, there is a myriad of reasons that trigger this condition. Persistent diarrhea also has been noted to cause a painful burning sensation; this coupled up with a
victim’s tight anal sphincter muscles cause considerable abrasion to the anal walls hence causing an anal fissure. Inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, STIs and Crohn’s disease are some of the conditions that spill over and bring instances of regular and chronic anal fissures.
The benefits of aloe vera have been out for everyone to see, though not many people understand the benefits of this wonder plant. The plant is a tried and tested a remedy for treating skin related ailments, and at treating anal abrasions or anal fissures, the plant’s creamy gel is a sure way. For quicker results, the use of fresh aloe vera is best due to the fact that most of the products at your local supermarket contain very little amounts of aloe vera, it is best to use the unprocessed creamy gel from the plant for the best results. It is advisable to use the product twice a day for a few days until the fissures are gone through this home remedy.
Coconut oil is an exceptional home remedy for treating mild and chronic anal fissures, due to the presence of triglycerides a medium oil lipid that also has glycerol and three fatty acids. Coconut oil provides the digestive system with the needed lubrication and healing of the anal fissures. Besides eating coconuts to alleviate yourself from pain, use of coconut oil in cooking is also good for the abrasions in your anal walls and your general health too. Coconut oil can also be directly applied on to the affected areas using your hands for up to 3 times a day until you are relieved from the sensational burning in your anus.
Apple cider vinegar contains heteropolysaccharide or pectin which is essential in promoting bowel movements and digestion. A mixture of water and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar provides relief from the intense burning due to anal fissures. Pectin enhances the production of colon and rectum secretions that cover their walls hence promoting healing. Honey may be added to the solution for those with a sweet tooth.
The consumption of wheat germ oil is beneficial due to the high presence of octacosanol. Octacosanol is a waxy product obtained from
this oil when consumed the oil provides insulation and lubrication to the digestive system. The product is associated with useful cholesterol in the body; the oil is also a rich source of omega six acids. Wheat germ oil is a good anti-inflammatory agent which promotes
the healing of chronic anal fissures without corrosion. The oil may be directly applied on to the affected areas for at least twice a day. It is important to note that after application, the oil should be wiped off after two hours to give room for healing.
Linum Usitatissimum or flaxseed as commonly known is an awesome superfood to humankind being one of the best plant sources of omega three fatty acids. The high presence of laxative properties in flaxseed, hardened stool in the colon mushes up into pulp hence improving defecation hence protecting against possible instances of anal fissures; and for those already suffering, flaxseed rejuvenates the internal walls of the anus thus relieving you from the persistent throbbing pain. Flaxseed may be taken orally in a mixture with water; it is
recommended that you take it in the evening before bed. Also, there are herbal flaxseed tablets that may be bought over the counter at your local drug dispensing outlet.
Due to our day to day lifestyles, our eating habits make us prone to constipation. Consumption of highly processed foods and sugars
further complicates bowel movement, to this effect, possible instances of anal fissure arise. The Pineapple has been described as a juicy fruit whose benefits in healing chronic anal fissures is noteworthy, the fruit provides the much-needed fibre in the body to promote and ease digestion.
The recommended daily intake of water for an adult is eight glasses or two litres. To this effect, the body remains well hydrated and the excess in passed out in urine and fecal waste. Water is a natural lubricant in the body which promotes the production of body mucus which is a slippery aqueous substance to encourage bowel movement in the digestive tract. The hardened stool is softened through the consistent intake of water thus promoting the treatment of anal fissures
Exercise also plays a significant role in promoting bowel movement; extreme caution should be taken on the types of exercise you choose. A little bit of running or jogging would be good for a bowel movement and increasing blood movement in the body and more so in the affected areas. Avoid biking as it would worsen the condition due to the pressure applied to the anus by the bike saddle or the bike seat. To add salt to injury would be riding the bike on uneven terrain, this would severely cause the anal fissures more damage and more pain ultimately.
Above all, maintain cleanliness in your daily endeavours, practice hygiene by use of good wipes, tissue paper or even toilet napkins. The wipes should not contain alcohol or any other corrosive substances as it would provide good grounds for germs breeding. Water-based wipes are best to use for patients with anal fissures. You should avoid soap in your anus at all cost. Soap irritates the mucosal lining of the anus wiping away valuable mucous; in addition, soap severely irritates the anal sphincter hence is not desirable to use in cleaning up.
Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.