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What can I do to help my anal tear heal?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

You may be able to help your anal tear heal by taking some simple steps.anal-fissure_default.jpg

Eating lots of fibre

Fibre is food that isn't broken down by the body. It makes your stools more bulky. This usually makes them easier to pass. Foods high in fibre include:

  • Wholegrain cereals

  • Bread and pasta

  • Root vegetables

  • Nuts

  • Fruit.

Adding fibre to your food may also prevent you getting more anal tears. [7]

Drinking lots of fluids

Drinking plenty of water and other drinks can stop you getting constipated. It also makes your stools softer and easier to pass.

Having frequent warm baths

Having water baths can help to ease the pain caused by the tear and to relax your anal muscle. [3]

Taking laxatives if you're constipated

Ask your doctor if you should try laxatives.



When you're constipated, you have difficulty passing stools (faeces). Your bowel movements may be dry and hard. You may have fewer bowel movements than usual, and it may be a strain when you try to go.


Fibre is all the parts of food that the body can't absorb. This is why foods that are high in fibre make you have more bowel movements. When your body can't absorb something, it leaves your body in your stools. Foods high in fibre include wholemeal bread and cereals, root vegetables and fruits.


Laxatives are medicines that empty your bowels by making you go to the toilet more often than usual.

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For references related to Anal tears click here.
Last Updated: November 01, 2010
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

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