Anal Abscess: Can You Have It?

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An anal abscess is a condition where a pocket of pus develops around one’s anus. It can occur to anyone and cause a lot of pain and discomfort. An anal abscess is usually caused by infections that occur in the tiny glands of the anus. One common form of this condition is the perianal abscess, which is characterized with symptoms similar to a boil and could cause swelling and extreme pain to the individual. An abscess usually occurs in the deep tissues and may be difficult to see. However, some form closer to the surface and are commonly hot to touch and appear red.

What causes an anal abscess?

Common causes of this condition include:

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Infection in the anal fissure
  • Blockage in the anal glands

An anal abscess can also occur most probably on patients with the following conditions:

  • Colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Persons taking prescription medications such as prednisone
  • Diabetes
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Persons engaging in sexual activities and being the anal sex receptor
  • Bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

What will I experience if I have an anal abscess?

Symptoms of an anal abscess will depend on whether it is superficial or deeper, but its symptoms usually include:

  • Constipation or pain when moving the bowel
  • Constant throbbing pain, especially when sitting
  • Pus discharge in the anus
  • Swelling and irritation around the anus

When the abscess is deeper, more serious symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body malaise, or general uneasiness

What is the treatment for anal abscess?

An anal abscess can be prevented by taking the following precautions:

  • Using condoms during sexual intercourse, especially if it involves the anus.
  • To avoid this condition in toddlers and infants, regularly changing their diapers and cleaning their genitals and anus can help decrease risk of having anal abscesses.

Your doctor knows best about how to treat your anal abscess. Contact us at Collin County Urology through 972-403-5425 for the immediate treatment of your condition.


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