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Why to schedule an appointment when you display symptoms of an Anal Abscess
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Anal Abscess/ Fistula

This usually is the case when a patient feels ill and complains of chills, fever, and pain in the rectum or anus. They could be relating the symptoms from an anal abscess or fistula which can be rather painful to bear. These medical terminologies describe some rather common issues and problems, most of which many people seem to know very little about.

What is an Anal Abscess?

An anal abscess is an infected cavity, which is then filled with pus. This is found near the anus or rectum which makes it rather invasive to check.

What is an Anal Fistula?

An anal fistula, almost always is the resultant of a previous abscess. This can be found in a small tunnel connecting the anal gland from which the abscess rises to the skin of the buttocks outside the anus which is rather difficult to imagine.

What are The Symptoms of an Abscess or Fistula?

The symptoms of both these ailments include a consistent amount of pain spanned consistently with swellings which are not necessarily related to bowel movements. Other such symptoms include a rather bad irritation of skin around the anus. There is drainage of pus (which often relieves some of the pain), there is a high grade fever which makes people feel ill in general. This is a rather big sign for people to get another appointment as soon as is possible for them.

What Causes Anal Abscess?

An abscess results from an acute infection caused in the small glands just inside the anus. This happens when bacteria or foreign matter manages to enter the tissue through the gland. Certain intestinal conditions like colitis or even other such inflammations of the intestine can complicate things. Sometimes even make these infections more likely and difficult to get rid of.

What Causes Fistula?

After an abscess has been fully drained, a tunnel persists. This can end up connecting the gland from which the abscess arose to the skin. This ends up causing swelling and irritation and further infections. If you’re a patient you’ll know for sure if persistent drainage from the outside opening may occur.

Does an Abscess Always Become a Fistula?

No. A fistula develops in about 50 percent of all abscess cases, and there is really no way to predict if this will occur.

How is Abscess Treated?

An abscess is treated by draining the pus from the infected cavity, making an opening in the skin near the anus to relieve the pressure. Often, this can be done in the doctor’s office using local anesthetic.

A large or deep abscess may require hospitalization and use of different anesthetic method. Hospitalization may be necessary for patients prone to more serious infections, such as diabetics or people with decreased immunity. If you need proper care for a serious condition like this it would be best if you were to rely on the professionals. If you suffer from an Abscess or Fistula and are looking for a treatment, contact us here.

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