Diet in Anal Fistula!!

Are you suffering from the problem of bloody stools? Do not take it lightly, it can be the serious problem. Along with this, if you are also getting skin irritation near the anus with constant pain while you sit down or during bowel movement- Well the problem can be due to anal fistula. Yes, the anal fistula is actually a small channel that develops between the end of bowel and skin (near anus). Diet in anal fistula can be of great help to manage this condition efficiently and you can lead a healthy life. Read here first more about anal fistula.


Diet in Anal Fistula



Different types of anal fistula-

Anal fistula can be of simple or complex type in which there is single fistula tract. While on the other hand, it can be of low or high type depending upon its position that how close it is to the sphincter muscles.

The common types of anal fistula are intersphincteric fistula and transsphincteric fistula. When the tract crosses the internal sphincter and opens on the skin near the anus, then it is called intersphincteric fistula. While the passing of the tract through both internal and external sphincter leads to transsphincteric fistula.


Causes of Anal Fistula-

Anal fistula occurs after the bursting of anal abscess. It may also develop when the abscesses are left untreated. Health conditions affecting intestines may pose the person at high risk of getting this problem. Crohn’s disease, constipation and ulcerative colitis are the common ones that causes anal fistula.


What Must Be the Diet in Anal Fistula-?

You can maintain this pathetic problem up to a huge extent with the help of a healthy diet. Yes, diet plays an important role in controlling the symptoms of anal fistula. Here we are giving you some dietary recommendations. This will help to make your diet chart and daily diet schedule. Following a strict diet according to these recommendations will give you some relief. So let us have a look on the dietary recommendations.


What to Eat?

Somewhere, constipation is the aggravating factor in anal fistula problem so try to avoid at any cost. Regular bowel cleansing is must to keep symptoms in control that’s why high fibre diet is best recommended in anal fistula.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Intake of fresh fruits such as papaya, apple, pear, watermelon, muskmelon and litchi will help a lot in managing the symptoms. All kinds of citrus fruits are beneficial.

Vegetables such as peas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, radish beet root, carrot, cabbage and cauliflower are good in case of anal fistula. All green leafy vegetables are healthy in such case. Include all sort of gourds too such as bottle gourd, ridge gourd, round gourd etc.

You can take herbal tea mixed with honey. Green tea, lemon tea, hibiscus tea, all are good.

Juice of fresh fruits and vegetables are good enough.

Include soaked almonds, milk, and brown rice in your daily diet. Fibrous foods such as wheat, oats soybeans grams and whole grains should also be included in diet menu for better results.

Drink a glass of milk containing a spoon of turmeric in it. Yes, turmeric is a spice that is known to have numerous health benefits. Always cook your food using this spice.

If you face constipation take Triphala powder with Luke warm at bed time.


What to Avoid?

Totally say to all kind of junk and packed foods. Avoid eating spicy and fried food products.

Limit non-veg diet and foods which are heavy to digest. Anal fistula diet must be totally balanced and organic.


Lifestyle Changes for Anal Fistula-

Along with fistula diet, here are some guidelines which are necessary to opt –

Excessive cleaning of anal region should be avoided, because this may leads to itching and irritation in the anal region. This may worsen the condition.

Sitz bath can also be taken. This is highly recommended in this problem. It is a bath where you have to sit in a warm water for at least 30 minutes. You can even put some drops of natural analgesic oils in a tub of warm water.You can use ring shaped cushion while sitting. It will reduce the pressure over the blood vessel present in the anal region.Practice yoga and meditation.



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