If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to an anal abscess. These symptoms may be caused by other health conditions. If you experience any one of them, discuss them with your doctor.
In the case of an abscess near the surface of the skin on the buttocks:
- Pain and tenderness radiating from the location of the abscess
- Visible redness and swelling
In the case of an abscess located deeper within the rectum:
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Swelling in the rectum that can be seen during examination of the rectum
Anal abscesses may be accompanied by pain with stool and/or stool incontinence (inability to restrain stools).