Anal pain can be a sign that a patient has a colorectal issue. At Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, we provide diagnosis and treatment for anal pain. When you are experiencing this type of discomfort, seeking treatment as soon as possible is very important. To lean more about anal pain and how you can find relief, contact our Long Island practice and schedule an appointment.
Causes of Anal Pain
Many patients associate anal pain with hemorrhoids. While hemorrhoids can cause many symptoms, they are not necessarily the cause of your discomfort. There are several conditions and diseases that can lead to sensitivity and pain in and around the anus. We encourage our patients to seek out a diagnosis from our qualified team at CSSNY to identify the cause of their pain and determine a solution.
The causes of anal pain include:
- Muscle spasms
- Anal ulcers
- Skin problems
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Fungal infections
Without proper diagnostic testing, these colorectal conditions often go undiagnosed and may worsen. Sometimes symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and related disorders obscure the causes of anal pain. Unrelated diseases like Crohn’s disease may also mask the true cause of your discomfort. We have the advanced training and technology necessary to provide a thorough and accurate diagnosis, and to determine the best treatment.
Video: Anal Pain
The specialists at CRSSNY can treat the various causes of anal pain. Anal pain can be a sign of hemorrhoids, anal fissures, a cut or tear in the anal lining, or a possible infection. If you are experiencing pain, it is imperative for you to see a specialist.
Rectal bleeding can be caused by a range of conditions including an anal fissure, chronic constipation or hard stools, or hemorrhoids. However, rectal bleeding can also be a sign of a more serious health concern such as cancer, diverticulosis, or Crohn's disease. For this reason, it is extremely important for patients to schedule an appointment to get checked.
Treatment of Anal Pain
If you have anal pain lasting more than 48 hours, and it cannot be resolved with over-the-counter medications, you should seek professional treatment. If the pain becomes chronic or worse over time, call to make an appointment with us immediately. Early detection may prevent the problem from escalating, while waiting to see a physician may only exacerbate your discomfort.
Treatment options vary. Hemorrhoid treatment can follow several non-invasive courses of action. Fissures often respond to non-invasive treatment, but will sometimes require surgery. Many times, cancerous tumors of either the anus or rectum can be treated with surgery, especially if detected in the early stages. A blood clot or abscess may require drainage. If a patient experiences skin irritation or an infection, we often treat it with medicine or topical cream. Many STDs also respond to non-invasive treatments.
Depending upon the patient's needs, we sometimes recommend at-home solutions for discomfort:
- To avoid complications and unforeseen side effects, take only medications prescribed by your team at CRSSNY.
- Make sure your diet includes up to 30 grams of fiber a day. This helps to relieve pain and maintain regular bowel movements. We also advise drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day.
- Treat the area gently without scrubbing or scratching. Avoid harsh toilet paper and, for the time being, do not use soap on the area.
- Refrain from using moisturizers and creams, as these will irritate your anus.
The CRSSNY team is ready to help you find relief from anal pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.