Anal pain corresponds to a painful sensation in the anal and perianal area. The pain can be manifested in various ways and can be constant, worsening during defecation or emerse when sitting. It can be expressed as spasm, burning or a puncture.
What kind of diseases can be associated with anal pain?
The following diseases may be associated with anal pain:
- Perianal abscess
- Ulcerative colitis
- Fistula / Anal fistula
- Crohn's disease
- Anal fissures
- Colorectal cancer
- Anal cancer
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.
What is the therapy for anal pain?
In case of anal pain, it is necessary to adopt adequate therapies. Firstly a visit to a colonproctologist should be done. In cases when the pain is related to problems of constipation, it is useful to supplement ones diet with more fiber and at least 2 liters of water to be drank daily. For preventing pain and discomfort, it can be useful not to use strong skin soaps and not to rub the affected area when dry. Hot or cold applications can reduce the pain and keeping the area dry, because in most cases moisture aggravates the condition.
When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of anal pain?
A doctor should be visited, when the pain does not respond to treatments and medication, if it persists for more than two weeks and is associated with bleeding.