Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Anal Abscess

What is an anal abscess?

An anal abscess is a pus-filled cavity (like a pimple, boil, or zit) in or near to the anus or rectum.

How did I get this?

You can either them from the anus or your skin.

Just inside your anus, you have glands that produce mucus. These glands can get infected. These usually resolve. Sometimes, the infection needs to find a way to get out, and it does that through the skin.

The other type of abscess is where the skin gets infected with a bacteria or bug, and creates a boil on the skin.

What are the symptoms?

You may have pain, swelling, drainage, inability to sit down, fever, itching, to name a few.

How are these treated?

The abscess can be drained in the office. After it is drained, you will be given antibiotics to clear up the infection. You will also need to soak your bottom in a tub of warm water 2-3 times a day, for 15 minutes at a time. This will help clean out the wound.

What can happen after the abscess is drained?

image01About 50% of the time, the abscess goes away. The other 50% will get a fistula or a tunnel from the inside of the rectum to the skin. These require an operation to fix. The operation depends on the path of the tunnel and what muscles it involves.

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Disclaimer: The information presented is only for informational purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or condition, nor is it intended to self-diagnose and self-treat any illness, disease or condition. Please consult your physician for any medical concern, question, and ailment.