I have experience with fissures and skin tags. I've had mine for about 5 years now, though I was only just diagnosed with CD a couple weeks ago. The 2 fissures I had are actually just healing up now and I think it's from the medicine I was and am taking (Canasa & Pentasa). about 3 years ago I did receive a botox injection and that did help ease a lot of the pain for a couple months...and they probably would have healed then if I followed up with more injections like I was supposed to - but I was in college out of state at the time living a busy life not thinking much about it. Unfortunately, I've been told that the skin tags don't go away unless they are removed and it's not recommended to remove them - it's likely they will just reform. I'm 24 and really self-concious about my bum as well! I know how you feel...I wish it could just look like a normal butt. I'm going to inquire more with my doctor about the tags, so if I find out anything more, I'll let you know! Take care.
24-F Los Angeles, Dx w/ CD 4/28/08, currently taking 2000 mg of Pentasa/day.
I have skin tags and when I am in a flare they are swollen and hard and very painful. i also have a fissure that makes everything a hundred times worse.
I have had the skin tag since I was a teenager (it has seemed to split and turn into 3 tags now that are connected, has that happened to anyone?) and they thought it was a hemmoroid - I almost had it banded and removed - thank goodness I didn't, they strongly recommend against removal of perianal skin tags in Crohn's patients since the area does not heal well. Trust me, I would love to have it gone but am not willing to take that chance.
One thing that helped me immensely is getting a soft donut to sit on in my chair 9at home only or in the car, I am not at the point where I would ever take that out in public, lol) and also a soft squishy donut for the toilet seat - it REALLY makes a difference on how your weight is distributed and takes the pressure off your anal area.
If you guys look at the second set of pics (of perianal crohns skin tags) below the pics of hemmies, you'll see that them looking like they split is the typical look of them, it's what they look like, which differs from a hemmie, and a trained eye is suppose to know the difference, not like the bimbo that saw mine and said they were hemmies and banded them which has caused mine to never shrink down again and instead remain in a flare (large and hard) which another colon and rectom surgeon warned me that because of this "mistake" my chances of ever being in full remission was next to nothing...17 yrs later, and he was right.
Here's the link with the pics