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what causes anal abscess?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Possibly a: Tear can occur in the lining of the intestine near the anal opening. Could be from injury or straining with constipation. Can rarely be associated with crohn's disease. Infection builds up inside and works itself toward the outside causing painful red swelling externally, outside the anal opening.
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Multiple causes: An anal abscess can have many different causes. These include: - Infection of an anal fistula. An anal fistula is a small superficial tear in the skin of the anal canal. -Sexually transmitted infections. Blocked anal glands. Risk factors for anal abscesses include: Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis Diabetes Diverticulitis Pelvic inflammatory disea

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have an anal abscess?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Pain: Painful swelling near the anal opening, may have red and swollen skin too. Painful to have bowel movement. Would need to see a doctor to treat this.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is an anal abscess?

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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
A pain...: ...In the butt caused by pus under the skin of your anus (butthole).
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: anal abscess?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
See below: The anal glands normally function to lubricate the anal canal to facilitate defecation. If the gland opening gets obstructed and results in infection, an abscess can form. There is usually associated pain. As a rule, the presence of a deep abscess is an indication for incision and drainage. Watching while administering antibiotics is usually inadequate. You should consult a colorectal surgeon.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Need help docs! my anal abscess burst. What to do next?

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Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
See your doctor.: An abscess rupturing is actually a good thing in most cases, in that the infection is now draining. The problem is that allowing an abscess to rupture is usually not complete and adequate drainage. A physician should examine you to make sure further surgical drainage is not needed, and it is likely that you would benefit from an antibiotic.

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