Dr Oz: Anal Fissures
Have you ever had an Anal Fissure? The chances are good that you have and you didn’t know it, according to Dr Oz. He explained the difference between Anal Fissures Vs Hemorrhoids, which one is worse, and what to do about them.
Of course, to do all this, he enlisted an audience member named Mary, who was very excited to get to the bottom of her butt problems on national TV. About 80% of people have had an Anal Fissure without realizing it, according to Dr Oz.
That’s because the symptoms are the same as Hemorrhoids. Mary told Dr Oz she goes #2 about twice a day, and if she ever has pain in her bowels, she drinks Prune Juice. She occasionally has noticed blood on the toilet paper, but believed it was simply Hemorrhoids.
Dr Oz: Anal Fissures Vs Hemorrhoids
This is a common mistake, because Anal Fissures Vs Hemorrhoids have nearly identical symptoms. The biggest difference between the two is that Hemorrhoid pain typically lasts all day long, while Anal Fissure pain only occurs when you are trying to have a bowel movement.
Dr Oz’s Anal Fissure Symptoms
Here are some warning signs to watch out for if you’re not sure whether you’re dealing with Anal Fissures Vs Hemorrhoids.
- Bowel movement pain
- Bright red spots on toilet paper
Dr Oz had Mary help with a demonstration using a large sheet of paper to represent normal skin. They each pulled an opposite end of the large sheet of paper, and nothing happened. That’s because healthy skin is strong and flexible, letting bowel movements get through as needed.
They moved on to a second sheet, which tore almost immediately, creating a small hole. This is an Anal Fissure, and it can become larger over time, eventually leading to serious damage. These tears can cause intense pain, which sometimes makes patients avoid the restroom, further aggravating the problem.
Dr Oz displayed an image of anal muscles, which typically stay tight most of the time, but relax when you are using the bathroom. He used fake “cannon balls” to represent small bits of feces, which caused additional ripping in the skin. Once the condition gets out of control, it can require surgery to be corrected. The muscles might need to be cut to get them to relax so you can go to the bathroom pain-free.
Anal Fissure Remedies: Dr Oz
Dr Oz suggested trying Witch Hazel to soothe the anal region, reducing swelling and discomfort. You could also try taking an Epsom Salt bath, because Magnesium will help to relax your muscles.
How To Prevent Anal Fissures
The best thing you can do to prevent Anal Fissures is avoid having hard stool. Over the counter products like stool softeners can aid in this. You can also add more Black Beans to your diet, which give bulk to your stool and help it maintain a healthy shape.