An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus. Anal fissures can make bowel movements severely painful, and even cause pain that lasts for hours after you've gone to the bathroom. People who suffer from anal fissures may try to avoid defecating to prevent the pain and discomfort.
An anal fissure is usually a short-term or acute problem, with symptoms that last 6 weeks or less. Anal fissures are considered chronic when symptoms last for more than 6 weeks. Chronic anal fissures may be more difficult to treat and may indicate an underlying condition, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, don't assume that you'll never be able to savor another bite of ice cream.
At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some experimentation, most people with lactose intolerance discover that they can still eat small amounts of dairy without triggering symptoms, such as bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, or nausea. Dairy foods...