Home treatment for anal fissure
Anal fissure means small tears in the skin covering the anus. This results from chronic constipation and while trying to pass stools with great deal of straining. Certainly, the cuts are painful and they might bleed as well. However, there are some effective home remedies for anal fissures that you can always try at home to receive relief and speed up the healing process. Quite essentially, the first remedy is your diet. So we begin with it...
Diet rich in natural fibres
Anal fissures are a result of constipation. When your stools become hard you tend to strain in an attempt to pass bowels. If your stool is soft then it passes out easily. The natural ingredient that helps in softening stool is plant fibres. Therefore it’s important for you to consume foods rich in fibres to prevent further development of wears and tears.
Foods that you must every day are: spinach, broccoli, kale, artichoke, cabbage, lettuce, celery, etc. You can have them in steamed or prepare salads with them.
Make sure you are having plenty of fruits daily. Have oranges, water melon, grapefruits, apples, pineapple, pears, ripe bananas, etc to ease your bowel movements.
Another way to soften your stool is to have laxatives. Always keep some with you, they are readily available in departmental stores. The best natural laxative is Psyllium husk and you can take it before going to bed. OTC water based laxatives and syrups are also available which you can consume as per the instructions to normalize your bowels.
Use olive oil
Olive oil has natural antioxidants which enhance healing of anal fissures. Pour some olive oil in a bowl and soak a cotton ball in it. Apply over the specific area and leave it until the cotton ball becomes dry. You can do this after shower. If your kid is suffering from anal fissures then you can perform this treatment on him/her.
Take warm compress
People with anal fissures tend to have considerable rectal pain. So you can soak yourself in warm bath or take warm water compress with cotton wool or a soft cloth every day. This would reduce the inflammation and soreness in your anus. Once you are done with warm compress, dry your skin gently and apply petroleum jelly.
Aloe vera soothes and heals anal fissures
Aloe vera is a coolant and is an excellent anti inflammatory agent. If you have home grown plants then nothing better than that...Extract the pulp from the lush green leaves and dab it over the sensitive area. Otherwise, you can buy organic aloe vera gel or a medicated aloe vera cream and use it daily over the torn portion of your skin. The pain, cut and soreness shall heal quickly.
Coconut oil and wheat germ oil
Coconut oil is an extremely soothing agent. It is full of essential fats that offer wonderful lubrication to the anus and helps in smooth movement of bowels. If you are applying coconut oil with bare hands then make sure you wash your hands with antiseptic before touching you anus and then wash your hands after you’re done applying. Otherwise, you can use cotton in the same way.
Wheat germ oil is a healing agent, so it is equally useful for anal fissures.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: December 17, 2014