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Anal fissure doctor

04/17/2009

Question:

What type of the doctor is the best to see for an anal fissure diagnosis? I went to a proctologist yesterday and he says I have some type of fungal rash that is causing the pain (I am bleeding from what seems like a fissure, redness, burning, pain during defecation). The area is red like a rash but I am not sure if it 2 things (a rash and an anal fissure) or if the rash is just causing the skin to break. He told me to use Lotrimin and 1% Hydrocortisone cream two times a day and zinc oxide at night and also to use Calmol 4 and take fiber supplement.

Answer:

A proctologist is the right specialist to see for these types of problems. Remember, they have a "bird's eye view" of the area during your exam. Sounds like the advice you were given was good, for the problem that was seen.

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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