As with any other part of the body, an abscess, which is a collection of pus, in the anus or the rectal area requires immediate medical attention. The discomfort associated with this condition will alert you to the necessity of getting it checked out and treated as soon as possible, not only to relieve the pain but to avoid additional medical issues.
There are two kinds of anal abscesses. These are:
1) perirectal abscesses located deep in the rectal tissue and
2) perianal abscesses which are shallower in the anal area.
The cause of anal abscesses is that the glands in the surrounding cavity can enlarge and fill with pus. In some instances, these pus-filled glands can burst, causing the infected pus to come out, into the anal area, causing an abscess.
Some of the symptoms associated with anal abscesses include pain in the area, a fever and painful or difficult bowel movements.
Crohn’s Disease, diabetes and HIV can all have an impact on increasing the chances of developing this condition.
In addition, those with compromised immune symptoms or those on medication which suppresses immune function, including those receiving chemotherapy treatments, may be more likely to experience this condition.
In seeking treatment for an anal abscess, it is crucial to be as honest with possible with your doctor. Thorough examinations will lead to more effective treatment. Please seek emergency treatment if you are vomiting or experiencing a high fever and chills.
Tylenol and hot bath can reduce the pain from inflammation, but anal abscesses rarely resolve themselves on their own. Minor surgery may be required to remove the abscesses and recovery can involve a good deal of rest.
Stool softeners and antibiotics may be prescribed to avoid further infection and help relieve discomfort during bowl movements.
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Aimee Boyle lives, works, mothers, loves and writes on the shoreline of CT.