Rectal Pain Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on February 08, 2022

Call 911 if:

  • 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 a small amount of 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.

Show Sources


American College of Gastroenterology: "Common Disorders of the Anus and Rectum: Hemorrhoids and Fissures." "Elimination Problems." "Hemorrhoids: Reducing Pain and Discomfort."

Marx, J. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, Mosby Elsevier, 2009.

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