Anal skin tag pain!

Skin tag from healed fissure I think?

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Anal skin tag pain!

Postby NikkiB69 » 03 May 2022, 17:25

Hi all. A very long story, as short as I can make it…
I’m a 53 year old female living in South West UK. I eat a pretty good vegetarian diet, I’m 5’2” and about 9 stone, and exercise regularly.
Married with 2 sons ages 23 and 14.
Unfortunately I had hemmerhoids after last child born, which never healed. Got worse over the years and ended up as external ones. Got so down with the discomfort, pain and inconvenience and fed up with them preventing me doing activities etc… I’d tried numerous prescriptions, creams, ointments etc etc nothing really helped so I decided to see private specialist (after GP suggested this would be easier/quicker/best option rather than NHS)
Told I could have hemmerhoidectomy. This was 2015. Had the procedure done in Bristol by ‘expert surgeon’ in this field. Surgery did not go quite to plan (surgeon’s own words) so I was left with excess skin/skin tags which he said he could easily remove with second procedure! He did that.
That seemed ok but weeks later, in agony I was told instead of hemmerhoids I now had anal fissure!! Don’t know which pain was worse…. : (
Anyway a couple of years went by with lots more prescriptions, ointments, natural remedies etc fissure finally healed (I think!), thank goodness!! But now I believe I’ve been left with a skin tag from the healed fissure. Is that what happens? I think it’s scar tissue from the fissure site?…
It feels like a hemmerhoid but I’ve been told it’s a skin tag.
When I use the toilet (BM) it hurts/stings like mad etc and for some time after, sometimes all day. Why does it hurt if it’s just scar tissue? So confusing. I have to be really careful to clean well after BM and immediately put Germoloids ointment on area.
The skin tag sometimes flares up larger, and really sore/painful etc.
I’m sure people here can relate to this. I’d love to hear from you.
So fed up, thinking is this pain I have to put up with for the rest of my life??…..
Anything can be done? Any solutions? Any success stories?
More surgery? (I dread the thought of this after what I’ve been through.. I’ve gone through quite a lot with surgeries, baby loss, fertility issues, and emergency crash c-section with last child!! But that’s another story!)
Please help….. Many thanks
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Re: Anal skin tag pain!

Postby Anony5 » 08 May 2022, 02:41


What works for me peronsally:

- Not straining on the toilet is key.

- Relaxing the lower muscles is very important. As these anal muscles make pain much worse.

- I take magnesium supplements to soften stools. About 400mg a day, just softer.

- I eat more oats, cruesli to bulk up stools

- I made a mixture of coconut oil and witchhazel, I keep it cool in the fridge and apply it after a BM. This works and made some of the early tags shrink because of the witchazel which tightens skin. The coconut oil relieves pain.

Other than that, I no further tips. The above works for me and pain lessened for me for about 80%. There is still a bit of itching, but subsides after applying the coconut/witchhazel mixture.
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Re: Anal skin tag pain!

Postby AF3 » 22 May 2023, 02:42

Hi NikkiB,
I'm in the UK as well :-) I see you post was over a year ago and so maybe this is of no use to you, but for what it's worth:
my surgeon told me that the skin tag arises as result of the fissure healing. I have also read that the skin tag shows up to indicate an initial problem beneath i.e. the fissure. My surgeon was of the view that the removal of the skin tag was not recommended as it could lead to another fissure. It's not helpful I know when the skin tags are so irritating (literally and figuratively) but a combo of sitz baths, coconut oil and Metanium (surgeon recommended this, it's nappy rash cream) helps soothe the skin in the area.

You'd said in your post that you healed your fissure through a series of methods including natural remedies, and was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing those? At this point I'm desperate to try anything!!!

Thank you!
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