The pain and discomfort of an anal fissure usually gets worse when a person has a bowel movement. The pain tends to linger a long time afterward. There may be bleeding from the tear as well. Constipation may also occur as the condition gets worse.
Causes and Risk Factors
A fissure can occur from:
- Passing a hard stool or prolonged episode of diarrhea
- Lack of fiber in the diet and/or water with that fiber
- Food that creates a rough passage through the digestive system, such as popcorn, nuts or tortilla chips