Natural Home Remedies for Fissures

A fissure is a tear in the lining of the rectum.  

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  • A tear near the anus
  • Bloody stools
  • Burning and itching in the anal area
  • Pain during bowel movements

A common cause of these tears are the passing of large, hard stools, but can result from diarrhea as well..  Hemorrhoids, on the other hand,  are usually swollen veins that might also be caused by the strain of passing hard stools. Other causes of fissures are rectal exams and anal sex.  Fissures can be painful so here are some ways to prevent or treat them at home.


  • Avoid constipating foods.
  • Drink a glass of fruit juice every couple hours.
  • Stay hydrated and eat plenty of fiber (more fruit and vegetables) to avoid constipation and to keep stools soft.


  • Exercise daily.which will help the digestive process.
  • If you notice burning after a spicy meal, lay off the spices for a while.


  • Aloe Vera, applied topically.  Use gel from a fresh plant, if possible.
  • L-arginine gel
  • Lubricate the rectum (about 1/2″ inside), which might help stools pass more easily. You could use coconut oil or a mixture of olive oil, honey and beeswax.
  • Sit your bum in a tub of warm water a few times a day.  Alternatively, you could steep some comfrey in hot water and add it to the tub of water for your “sitz” bath.
  • Vitamin creams may speed healing.
  • Wheat germ oil applied topically and then removed after half an hour, two or three times a day


  • Don’t scratch the itch, which may tear the tender areas.
  • Don’t use scented tissues or talcs.
  • If a fissure lasts for 8-12 weeks, it’s time to see a doctor.  Most fissures heal with home treatment long before that.
  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • Wipe with care and with soft tissue.


  • Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow to ease the pain and pressure.
  • Use a hand-held bidet (a hose with a sprayer) rather than wipe (these are plentiful in countries where the septic and sewer systems cannot handle large amounts of tissue).  Alternatively, you can buy a toilet seat equipped with a sprayer.