It is incredibly important for overall health to understand the health of the anal cavity. In order to fully understand health, you must know the names and symptoms of various diseases and discomforts of that area of the body.
Are anal fissures hemorrhoids?
One of the most important conditions of the anal cavity to understand is the nature of the hemorrhoid. Anal fissures are not hemorrhoids according to medical rational; however, their symptoms can be the same. For this reason, the two conditions are often confused with each other. This is troublesome because the treatments for the two conditions are different from each other.
What exactly is an anal lesion?
An anal lesion is a tear in the lining along the lower rectum, also known as the anal canal. Anal fissures are often mistaken for hemorrhoids because there is a pain associated with them when moving bowels. Like hemorrhoids, anal fissures can also be treated at home and do not require any special attention from professional medical staff, unless they become chronic (they don’t heal with self-treatment). Anal fissures are actually a common problem that people of all ages may experience.
You may experience an anal lesion when you pass a stool that is large enough to cause a fissures in the lower rectum. Depending on your diet, you may also experience an anal lesion because of the texture of your stool. If you have been constipated recently and you have to pass a large stool, anal fissures may be the result. This is also the case for repeated diarrhea.
A special case occurs during the child birthing trauma. Childbirth can actually cause a great deal of stress to the anal canal, resulting in anal fissures. Other situations or anal fissures may include a rectum exam or anal intercourse.
What is a hemorrhoid?
A hemorrhoid is a special kind of discomfort in the anus that is associated with a swollen group of veins. Anal hemorrhoids are quite common in their least destructive state. However, unlike anal fissures, hemorrhoids do have the potential to become more serious if they are not immediately dealt with.
Hemorrhoids are characterized by a pain in the anal canal that may be similar to the pain that comes from an anal lesion. However, most hemorrhoids come for different reasons and must be treated differently. Many hemorrhoids can actually occur if a person sits on the toilet for an extended period of time in order to move a stool. The increased pressure is enough to cause the veins in the anal tissue to swell and cause hemorrhoids when they stretch. There are several other reasons why you may get hemorrhoids.
What is a hemorrhoid when compared to an anal lesion?
In a similar fashion to anal fissures, diarrhea or constipation may also lead to a strain in the anal cavity and result in hemorrhoids. If you have a problem with obesity, you may also eventually have a problem with hemorrhoids because of the extra stress that weight puts on the pelvic and anal areas of the body.
As with anal fissures, hemorrhoids can easily and effectively be treated at home but if they do not go away after self-treatment, you are best advised to search for the assistance of a medical professional.