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As your fissure is healing, you’ll start to notice your symptoms improving. Your pain should lessen and if you had any bleeding, this should stop too. You should have a follow-up appointment with your doctor after six to eight weeks. This is to check that the fissure has healed.
Most anal fissures heal within six to eight weeks. But they may heal more quickly or take longer than that. You can help by making changes to your diet and lifestyle and take medicines for pain relief. There is more information in our section on self-help for anal fissures.
Anal fissures often don’t have a specific cause. But they are often linked to constipation. You may be more likely to get one if you’re pregnant or have an inflammatory bowel condition. There is more information in our section on causes of anal fissure.
The main symptom of anal fissure is pain when having a poo (bowel movement). The pain can be severe and go on for some time afterwards. You may also have some bleeding. There is more information in our section on anal fissure symptoms.
It’s most important to prevent constipation if you have an anal fissure. You need to eat enough fibre, drink plenty of fluids and make sure you exercise daily. You can take over-the-counter painkillers to help with pain. For more advice, see our section on self-help for anal fissure.
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