I keep getting a small, shallow tear at the top of my butt. How can I prevent it from reoccurring?
The tear is not near my anus (so it's not an anal fissure
), it's at the very top of my butt crack - several inches away from my anus. It hurts some and is a bit raw, but isn't bleeding now. It bled a little bit the last time it tore, which was several weeks ago.
I found this previous question
that seems similar, but most of the answers say to see a doctor ASAP. I will see a doctor if answers say to, but I really don't think this is an urgent situation; this has been occurring off and on for a while now. It's uncomfortable, but it's essentially a very shallow tear in my skin that happens to be in my butt crack.
I have been treating it by drying it off very thoroughly after showering and putting vaseline (or lanolin) on it to protect 1-2 times a day. This seems to work, it heals in a couple of days - but then it will come back several weeks later.
Possibly relevant details:
- I am female, there is no hair on my butt, so I don't think it's a pilonidal cyst
(plus, there is no bump or cyst).
- I am at a normal weight or possibly very slightly overweight, but I have a rather large / round butt, I have no idea if this could influence anything.
- I usually wear cotton underwear, but occasionally wear some random synthetic cheap underwear. I never wear thong underwear.
- I shower every other day-ish, I don't specifically dry off my butt crack. Perhaps I should.
I know that you are not my doctor. If you all think I need to see a doctor, I will go see my doctor. I do have decent insurance, but I'd rather not go to the doctor if this is something I can take care of on my own.
Does anyone know what this is, why it keeps happening, and how I can prevent it?
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