How is anal pain treated?

Treatment for anal pain depends on the cause, and includes:

  • Medicines such as pain relievers, stool softeners and antibiotics (if there is an infection)
  • A high-fiber diet to help ensure soft bowel movements
  • Sitz baths with warm water to clean the anal area and relieve pain
  • Surgery for muscle spasms and to repair fistulas

Other methods that may help manage the pain include the following:

  • To protect the skin, avoid wiping too vigorously after a bowel movement.
  • Don’t use perfumed soaps or scented detergents. These may irritate the skin.
  • Don’t wear tight clothing so that the anal area can “breathe.”
  • To help prevent hemorrhoids, try not to sit for too long.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/14/2019.


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