It’s always a little embarrassing to talk about what’s going on in your bottom, but remember — everybody poops, everyone farts, and everyone experiences a burning anus from time to time. Like we said, it’s an embarrassing topic, but an important one. You don’t need to shout it from the mountaintops, but you also don’t need to suffer in silence. Once you know the anal pain causes, and you realize that you’re not alone, you’ll be more equipped to soothe that discomfort and feel better.
So let’s get right to it.
What is happening to your tushy when you have a burning anus? A few things could be going on down under…
First of all, you might have an anal fissure, which is essentially a tear or crack in the lining of your anal canal. Imagine how uncomfortable it is when you get a paper cut on your finger or a scratch in your throat. Well it’s like that, but in the lining that extends through your anal canal, so while you might not see it, you most certainly can feel it. Anal fissures can be caused by anything from a large, hard stool to irritation from diarrhea. And while they might burn and feel really unpleasant, these fissures are nothing to freak out about. They are very common — approximately 10 percent of people are affected in their lifetime — and usually go away within a few weeks.
In addition to anal fissures, your might be experiencing a burning anus due to hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins, similar to varicose veins, in the lower anus and rectum. Though not pretty or fun to talk about, hemorrhoids are very common, with approximately 75 percent of people experiencing these painful piles at some point in their life. Hemorrhoids can cause burning, itching, sensitivity, discomfort, pain and even bleeding during bowel movements.
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