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Colorectal Diseases

Fissure

03/30/2009

Question:

When you have fissures inside the anus and you apply cream on the outside and it does reach the inside what can you do to actually get it there? Also the prescription suppositories slide up into the rectum and don`t actually get to the inside of the actual anus. I feel like I can`t treat the problem because I am either on the outside or up above. Any suggestions?

Answer:

In theory, as a suppository melts, it dissipates and bathes the anal canal with medication. The sensate part of the lower anal canal, where fissures develop, can be reached in most cases with fingertip application of topical medications as well.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati