Re: Anal fissure and swelling
Hi, I also had one. Actually I had one that healed and then I got one in the 6 O"clock position and it wouldn't heal. I had that one for about a year and finally had to have surgery. The fissure can bleed, cause anal sphincter spasms which hurt like heck, there can also be swelling and itching. I found sitz baths help, keeping the area clean and dry also helps. There are some ointments out there nitro, or nifedipine ointment or diltiazem cream but your doctor has to prescribe them and you need a compounding pharmacy to fill them. They help some but for a lot of patients surgery is required. Do you have any skin tags from your fissure. Chronic fissures usually do. They can swell and be uncomfortable too. I had my surgery last Oct. My fissure healed but I still have some discomfort in the area. These things can be a nightmare. I hope you find some relief. Be persistant, if you don't feel better go back to the doctor.