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An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal usually in the posterior portion, often the result of constipation and straining to have bowel movements. Fissures also can be caused by anal trauma including anal sex and laxative abuse, and can occur during childbirth. Less commonly they can result from inflammatory bowel disease, sexually-transmitted diseases, or scarring, especially after prior surgical procedures. Symptoms are sharp rectal pain and bleeding, usually during or following a bowel movement.
This information was not intended to diagnose or prescribe. Please consult with your health practitioner for serious health conditions, or before combining herbs with prescription or over-the-counter medications. She teaches long-term courses in herbalism, including the Professional and Clinical Herbalist Training Programs.