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What are tips that can help me prevent anal fissures?

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Use these habits to help prevent anal fissures:

If you have conditions that contribute to anal fissures -- like Crohn’s disease or IBS, for example -- stay on top of your treatment.

  • Give yourself enough time to pass bowel movements comfortably. But don't sit on the toilet too long.
  • Don’t strain while passing stools.
  • Keep the anal area dry.
  • Gently clean yourself after each bowel movement.
  • Use soft, dye-free, and scent-free toilet paper or wipes.
  • Get treatment for ongoing diarrhea.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Anal fissure (Beyond the Basics)," "Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics)," "Patient information: Constipation in Adults (Beyond the Basics)."  

NHS Choices: "Anal Fissure - Prevention," "Laxatives - Introduction."

American Heart Association: "Whole Grains and Fiber."

Harvard School of Public Health, The Nutrition Source: "Fiber: Start Roughing It!"

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

University of Michigan Health System: "Bowel Function Anatomy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Anal fissure (Beyond the Basics)," "Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics)," "Patient information: Constipation in Adults (Beyond the Basics)."  

NHS Choices: "Anal Fissure - Prevention," "Laxatives - Introduction."

American Heart Association: "Whole Grains and Fiber."

Harvard School of Public Health, The Nutrition Source: "Fiber: Start Roughing It!"

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

University of Michigan Health System: "Bowel Function Anatomy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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