Diet and Lifestyle Tips for Prevention and Faster Healing of Anal Fissures

April | 2022

An anal fissure is a minor tear in the anus lining that can cause pain and bleeding when bowel motions are made.

Anal fissure is a prevalent issue and can affect people of all ages and at any stage of life. Infants and young children who are prone to constipation can also suffer from fissure.

Anal intercourse, passing of large or hard stools, constipation and straining during bowel movements, persistent diarrhea, and childbirth are all common causes of anal fissure. In rare situation it can also develop as a result of HIV, anal cancer, or tumors.

In most cases, anal fissures heal in 4–6 weeks. But if it has been pertinently chronic (for 8 weeks and more) your doctor might suggest a laser surgery for fissure.

We can't refute that our diet and lifestyle has a significant impact on our health. Bringing a subsequent change in them can help us lead a healthy life.

Recommended Changes in Diet

Here are the list of foods that can be included in your diet to help faster recovery from anal fissures:

  • Fiber-rich foods: Eating 25 to 30 grams of fiber every day. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, and pecans should be included in your diet. They help soften the stools; reduce friction at the site of the fissure, thus promote healing.
  • Citrus Fruits: You can eat them to prevent fissures as they are high in antioxidants, which helps in reducing inflammation and flare-ups.
  • Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated is important. More water equals less strain and, as a result, faster healing of fissures.
  • Probiotic foods: Fermented soya bean and yogurt, help preventing constipation.
  • Flax seeds: They are high in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids; these are natural laxatives which can help in passing of stool smoothly. Avoid straining, dry hard stools can abrade the fissure and worsen it.

The following food items should be avoided if you are suffering from fissure as they might prolong and aggravate your condition.

  • Spicy food
  • Processed food
  • Deep-fried food
  • Meat
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy products

Lifestyle Changes

Stress and worry should be avoided. Light physical workouts, deep breathing exercises, meditation, and practicing yoga are all beneficial. Practicing these routines will help you relax your mind and body. It will also help you heal faster by improving blood flow throughout your body.

Even with a change in lifestyle and diet, if you are still ailing to fissure, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a laser surgery for fissure.

The measures listed above are meant to help you avoid fissure, recuperate after surgery, and prevent recurrence.

Speak to an expert at House of Doctors for advice on management of acute and chronic Anal Fissures. HOD has a team of senior and experienced team of best Anal Fissure doctors and provides best fissure treatment in Mumbai.

Disclaimer - Information provided here does not replace medical advice or consultation. Please seek advice from your healthcare provider before incorporating any of the above listed recommendations.


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