Skip to main content

The Best Things to Eat If You Have Anal Fissures

 The Best Things to Eat If You Have Anal Fissures

The pain you feel during and after a bowel movement after an anal fissure is so bad that many people withhold their poop to avoid it. Unfortunately, not pooping may make things worse.

At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Town and Country, Missouri, our board-certified family physician, Dr. Betsy Clemens, takes a holistic approach to treating anal fissures, including making changes to your diet. 

Here, we want to share some of the best things to eat when you have an anal fissure. 

Foods high in fiber

Adding more fiber to your diet softens and bulks up stool, making passing easier. Adults need 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. 

Some of the best high-fiber foods you should eat if you have anal fissures include:

When adding more fiber to your diet, go slowly so your digestive system can adjust. Eating too much fiber too quickly may cause gas, bloating, and constipation.

Foods that soften stool

We may prescribe a stool softener to reduce discomfort during bowel movements, but some foods you can add to your diet may have a similar effect. 

Prunes and prune juice contain sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that your digestive tract can’t absorb. When the sorbitol reaches your large intestine, it draws in water (softening your stool) and has a laxative effect. Prunes are also a source of fiber.

If you’re not a fan of prune juice, you can try apple juice or pear juice. These juices also contain sorbitol. 

Hydrating foods

You need to get plenty of fluids when you up your fiber intake. Water makes the best choice. But you can also get fluids from the food you eat. 

Cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, and oranges have a high water content and are good hydrating foods. They’re also a source of fiber. 

The longer food waste sits in your large intestine, the harder it gets to pass. Pooping is painful when you have an anal fissure, but not pooping exacerbates the condition. Adding fiber and fluids to soften your stool makes passing easier, potentially causing less pain.

You may notice improvements in your pain over time, but complete healing of an anal fissure can take up to 10 weeks. We recommend you continue eating a high-fiber diet to prevent future problems.

Are your anal fissures making it hard to poop? There’s no need to suffer. Call our office at 314-669-2758 today to schedule an appointment with our skilled and compassionate physician.  

You Might Also Enjoy...

Recovering from Anal Fissure Surgery

Recovering from anal fissure surgery takes time, but you can get through it following many of the same medical treatments you followed before your procedure. Find out more about anal fissure surgery and what to expect during recovery.

Is Your Soap Causing Anal Itchiness? Try This Instead

Keeping your anal area clean is essential for overall health. But you don’t want to scrub the sensitive area with soap, especially if you have anal itchiness. Find out how soap causes anal itching and what you can use instead to keep things clean.

The Link Between STDs and Anal Discomfort

Anal pain and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are complex subjects to discuss, but not symptoms or conditions you should ignore. Learn more about the link between STDs and anal discomfort to get the necessary care.

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Your Stool

Bowel habits aren’t something you regularly discuss, but you need to talk with your health provider when you have blood in your stool. Learn what blood in your stools might mean and why you should never ignore it.

Why Do I Have Anal Itchiness When I Sit Down?

Anal itchiness is an embarrassing symptom that may occur from any number of causes. Why does it itch so much when you sit down? Learn more about what’s causing your discomfort and what you can do about it.