Can You Have Anal Fissures Externally?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

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I have been experiencing anal pain when I sit for longer than 10 minutes. There seem to be small tears around my anus and perenium that hurt but bleed only slightly. I rarely experience constipation and since I can see the "cracks", I don't think they are hemorrhoids. Can you have anal fissures externally? I use hemorrhoid ointments and hydrocortisone cream on them, but they are not getting better. They also itch. Any suggestions? Do I need to see a doctor?

Doctor's response

Yes, fissures may be visible externally. And yes, I think you should see a physician for an accurate diagnosis and therapy.

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