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    Rectal Pain Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • You have significant bleeding or bleeding won't stop.
    • Pain gets much worse.
    • There is discharge, fever, or chills.

    • You have significant bleeding or bleeding won't stop.
    • Pain gets much worse.
    • There is discharge, fever, or chills.

    1. When to Seek Medical Care

    See your doctor if:

    • Pain is persistent.
    • You have bloody stools or persistent bleeding from anus or rectum.

    2. Relieve Pain

    • Soak in warm baths.
    • If you have fissures (cracks or splits in anal opening), use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.

    3. Follow Up

    If you see a doctor, the next steps depend on the cause of pain.

    • The doctor will do an exam and may prescribe creams or suppositories.
    • The doctor may recommend lifestyle or dietary changes.
    • In some cases, surgery or other treatment may be necessary.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 02, 2016

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