Anal pain

What is anal pain? Anal pain, “pain in the bottom” can be distressing, but is often just the result of a minor, treatable condition. The medical name for pain in and around the anus or rectum is proctalgia. The most common causes of anal pain are piles and anal fissures. Painkiller.life has products to stop anal pains available online and delivered by Amazon.com.

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids (piles) are swellings containing enlarged blood vessels that are found inside or around the bottom. They’re often thought to be caused by straining on the toilet as a result of prolonged constipation. Piles are actually caused by swollen veins inside the anus. In many cases, haemorrhoids don’t cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • bleeding after doing a poo
  • an itchy bottom
  • feeling like there’s a lump in or around your anus
  • soreness and redness around your anus
  • anal pain, if the blood supply to the haemorrhoid becomes blocked or interrupted – for example, by a blood clot

The symptoms often pass after a few days. Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet, drinking plenty of fluids and taking laxatives and over-the-counter painkillers can help. The pain and itchiness can be relieved by taking hot baths and then applying hydrocortisone ointment and using moist wipes instead of ordinary toilet paper. Avoid straining when pooing. If the blood supply to the haemorrhoid has been blocked by a clot, a simple procedure can be carried out to remove the clot under local anaesthetic (where the area is numbed). In cases of anal bleeding you should consult a doctor who must test and investigate for any serious underlying cause. Painkiller.life has nine products to stop anal pains. The best available online products.

 Hydrocortisone Anti Itch Cream 1 Oz Tube

Hydrocortisone Anti Itch ointment helps to soothes painful cuts, scrapes and burns while preventing infection. It is a true relieving ointment.

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Chinese Herbal For Treatment Hemorrhoids Cream Anus Prolapse Anal Fissure Antibacterial Cream By Shouhengda

About the product: It works by shrinking the distended veins in and around the anal cavity. It provides soothing relief to the sensitive area of the anus. It supports vein and capillary health of the anal passage. It is antibacterial and has a strong inhibitory effect and can help relieve itching, burning, pain or discomfort caused by hemorrhoids. For external use. After cleaning the anus, take this product apply on affected area, 1-2 times a day.

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Preparation H Hemorrhoid Symptom Treatment Cream (0.9 Ounce Tube), Maximum Strength Multi-Symptom Pain Relief with Aloe

About the product:

  • Includes one 0.9 Ounce tube of Preparation H Maximum Strength Hemorrhoid Pain Relief cream.
  • The only over the counter hemorrhoid treatment cream with maximum strength pramoxine for multi-symptom relief.
  • Proprietary hemorrhoid cream blend with vitamin E, panthenol and soothing aloe.
  • Provides rapid hemorrhoid relief from pain, burning, itching and discomfort.
  • Preparation H cream rapidly relieves external hemorrhoid symptoms.
  • Hemorrhoid treatment formula shrinks swollen hemorrhoidal tissue.
  • Use with Preparation H Medicated Wipes to cool, soothe and cleanse before you treat for better hemorrhoid relief.
  • Preparation H is the #1 doctor recommended brand for hemorrhoid treatment. (1)

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Anusol Haemorrhoids Treatment Cream 23g

  • ANUSOL cream provides antiseptic, astringent and emollient properties which help to relieve discomfort associated with minor ano-rectal conditions.
  • IT ALSO PROVIDES lubricating properties for use with suppositories.
  • BISMUTH OXIDE is weakly astringent with supposed antiseptic properties and has a protective action on mucous membranes and raw surfaces.
  • ZINC OXIDE is an astringent and mild antiseptic and probably owes its actions to the ability of the zinc ion to precipitate protein, but other mechanisms may be involved. Zinc oxide is also used to absorb skin moisture and decrease friction and discourage growth of certain bacteria.
  • ALSAM PERU has a very mild antiseptic action by virtue of its content of cinnamic and benzoic acids. It is believed to promote the growth of epithelial cells.

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Organic Sitz Bath Soak 32oz (2 lbs) 100% Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment

  • LARGE 32 OZ POUCH FOR TWICE AS MANY BATHS AS OTHER SOAKS: Enjoy more relaxing, relieving, soothing (and economical!) sitz baths in the comfort of your home. MADE IN THE USA! CRUELTY AND PARABEN FREE.
  • FAST, EFFECTIVE POST-SURGICAL & AFTER-BIRTH PAIN RELIEF SOAK: Cleanse and soothe your perineal or bottom burning or discomfort due to hemorrhoids, episiotomy stitches or tears and bruising from childbirth naturally. No harsh chemicals or fragrances, just natural, organic and pure ingredients so you never need to worry about what’s going on your delicate skin.
  • UNIQUE NATURAL FORMULA DEVELOPED BY AN OB/GYN & PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, AND MIDWIFE APPROVED: We only use 100% ORGANIC AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS. The fine grain pure dead sea & epsom salts dissolve quickly in warm water so they start working fast. Organic lavender, coconut & sweet almond oils, organic vitamin E, witch hazel, & organic frankincense promote your healing and relief from discomfort while you sit back and relax.

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Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Wipes for Adults, Alcohol Free, 252 Wet Wipes per Pack

  • Adult wipes that are infused with the gentle cleansing power of water and are perfect for man wipes, feminine wipes and more

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Paracetamol (acetaminophen) products to stop anal pains

Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is a medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain. In combination with opioid pain medication, paracetamol is now used for more severe pain such as cancer pain and after surgery. It is typically used either by mouth or rectally but is also available intravenously. Effects last between two and four hours. Paracetamol is classified as a mild analgesic. Paracetamol is generally safe at recommended doses. Paracetamol is used to treat headaches and most non-nerve pains. Two 500mg tablets of paracetamol up to 4 times a day is a safe dose for adults (never take more than 8 tablets in a 24-hour period). Overdosing on paracetamol can cause serious side effects, so do not be tempted to increase the dose if your pain is severe. If the pain lasts for more than 3 days, see your Doctor/Physician.

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NSAIDs products to stop anal pains

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are a drug class that groups together drugs that decrease pain and lower fever, and in higher doses decrease inflammation. The most prominent members of this group of drugs, aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, are all available over the counter in most countries. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen, seem to work better when there’s clear evidence of an inflammatory cause, such as arthritis or an injury. They should not be used for long periods unless you have discussed it with your doctor. If you take them for long periods, there’s an increased risk of stomach upset, including bleeding, and kidney and heart problems. Do not take more than the recommended dose, as this will increase the risk of serious side effects. Pregnant women should not take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends and prescribes it. Paracetamol is the recommended alternative in pregnancy.

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Aromatherapy products to stop anal pains

Make a sitz bath by adding four drops of oils – cypress, camomile, juniper, frankincense or myrrh and one drop of peppermint – to half a washing up bowl of warm water and sit on it for 10 minutes. Then apply a lotion.

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Anal fissures

An anal fissure is a small tear in the skin of the anus that can be caused by passing a large or hard poo.

Symptoms of an anal fissure can include:

  • a severe, sharp pain when doing a poo
  • a burning or gnawing pain that lasts several hours after doing a poo
  • rectal bleeding – you may notice a small amount of blood on the toilet paper after you wipe

Anal fissures can be very painful, but many heal on their own in a few weeks. Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet, drinking plenty of fluids and taking laxatives and over-the-counter painkillers can help.

If the pain persists, you may need special ointment that relaxes the ring of muscle around your anus. Occasionally, surgery may be needed to help the fissure heal.

Anal fistulas and abscesses

An anal fistula is a small tunnel that develops between the end of the bowel and the skin near the anus. It’s usually caused by an infection near the anus resulting in a collection of pus  and formation of an abscess.

Symptoms of an anal fistula or abscess can include:

  • a constant, throbbing pain that may be worse when you sit down
  • skin irritation around the anus
  • passing pus or blood when you poo
  • swelling and redness around your anus
  • a high temperature (fever)

Your physician may prescribe antibiotics if an abscess is picked up early on. If it persists, it may need to be drained in hospital, possibly under general anaesthetic (while you’re asleep). If a fistula develops, surgery will usually be needed because they rarely heal by themselves. Painkiller.life has products to stop anal pains quickly.

Less common causes of anal pain

Less common causes of anal pain include:

  • proctalgia fugax – a condition that causes episodes of sudden, severe anal pain that last for a few minutes at a time; medication that relaxes the muscles in the pelvis may help
  • levator ani syndrome – an aching or pressure sensation in and around the anus that may be constant or last for hours or days at a time; treatment to relax the muscles in the pelvis may help
  • an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease – other symptoms can include tummy cramps, bloody diarrhoea and weight loss; treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms
  • an infection – such as a fungal infection or rectal sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • a bone-related problem – such as coccydynia (tailbone pain) or pain that spreads from your lower back, pelvis or hips, caused by arthritis or bone tumours
  • a urinary tract problem – such as prostatitis (inflammation or infection of the prostate gland)
  • cancer of the anus or lower rectum – this can have similar symptoms of haemorrhoids and anal fissures, but is much rarer

When to get medical advice

Many common causes of anal pain will improve with simple self-care treatments, so you don’t always need to see your physician .

But it’s a good idea to see your physician if:

  • your pain is severe
  • your pain doesn’t improve after a few days
  • you also experience rectal bleeding

Don’t feel embarrassed to see your doctor– anal pain is a common problem that they’re used to seeing. Your physician can try to work out what the problem is and give you treatment advice. They’ll probably ask to see your bottom and may carry out a rectal examination (where they gently insert a gloved finger into your bottom) to check for any abnormalities. If the cause is not immediately obvious, they may refer you to a specialist for advice and further tests.

Published by an experienced family physician doctor

Dr BA Mabaso, MB ChB, MPhil, MBA, DHSM.

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