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Rectal Pain (cont.)

Prevention

The best way to prevent rectal pain is to eat a high-fiber diet and drink plenty of water. This will produce soft stools that are easy to pass and result in less trauma to the anal passage.

Outlook

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are treated with a simple procedure, and 90% of anal fissures heal in three weeks. Two-thirds of people suffering from levator ani syndrome will get some relief with treatment. Proctalgia fugax remains the most difficult condition to treat, but new therapies are being tested.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

Previous contributing editors:

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


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