Thanks for your question. Constipation can be caused by many things. It can also cause a lot of abdominal (belly) pain as well as pain by the anus. The pain by the anus can be due to fissures (tears in the skin) or a hemorrhoid (swollen veins near the anus). Things that may help:
- Sitting in a warm water bath. This can sometimes help reduce the pain in the area. It’s important to make sure the water is warm, and not too hot.
- Medicine. There are some over the counter medicines (i.e., you do not need a prescription) that can help decrease the pain related to a fissure or hemorrhoid. These are available at your local pharmacy.
- Time. Fissures and hemorrhoids usually heal on their own within a few weeks.
- Prevent more constipation. It’s important to stay hydrated and eat fiber to help prevent more constipation, irritation, and pain.
We recommend seeing a health care provider if:
- Your stool (poop) has blood in it. This can sometimes mean stool has red streaks or it can look black.
- The pain is getting worse or not getting better.
- The constipation is getting worse or not getting better.
- You have other symptoms, including decrease appetite, weight loss, vomiting, or fever.