Can anal fissures be prevented?

For fissures in infants:

  • Change diapers frequently.
  • Treat constipation, if that is found to be the cause.

For fissures in adults:

  • Keep the anorectal area dry.
  • Wipe the area with soft materials, a moistened cloth, or cotton pad. Avoid rough and scented toilet paper.
  • Promptly treat all occurrences of constipation and diarrhea.
  • Avoid irritating the rectum.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/22/2019.


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  • American Pediatric Surgical Association. Anal Fissure. Accessed 2/22/2019.
  • Sugerman DT. Anal Fissure. JAMA. 2014;311(11):1171. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.214

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