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Anal Abscess In Children
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
If no pain or drainage.
Would not swim - for others!
BUT sitting in your own tub- warm can be comforting and helpful. ...Read more
Yes: Anal abscess that spontaneously drained or was lanced in the physicians office so that there is no further collection of pus should not impede going to the gym. The seating that occurs after a work out can be minimized by using warm soaks to the abscess site after exercise or taking sitz baths until abscess healed. ...Read more
An infection: In the perianal region, usually derived from the anal glands inside the rectum. A fistula is an abnormal communication between two organs, in this case the rectum and the skin outside the anus. Both require evaluation and often surgery to permanently resolve and prevent recurrences or complications. ...Read more
Why not?: If you anticipate a prolonged flight, you may want to speak with your surgeon, or at least employ an inflatable ring ("doughnut") upon which to sit. Considerations also need to include: is the abscess sterile or infected? ; is there underlying inflammatory bowel disease (that may be active)? ; is there bleeding or oozing from the site? ...Read more
Redness and swelling: There would typically be associated redness, swelling and tenderness in a localized area around his rectum. ...Read more
Perianal abscesses: Are gen painful. What u r referring to a non painful abscess, may not be an abscess. It also depends on how long have u had it for and if its recurrent. If you have chronic perianal drainage then u may have a fistula.You need an exam by your family doc and a likely referral to a surgeon. Once its diagnosed properly you can discuss the treatment options. If its an abscess and not going away umay need i&d. ...Read more
I have an anal abscess that has to be packed daily. The packing fell out and it was alot less than I expected. Is it possible some ripped off and stayed?
Its all one piece
Have a significant other check or your MD ...Read more
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. ...Read more
He needs to see: A surgeon. For the time being you can have him soak his botom in warm water. It may spontaneously drain on its own and make him feel better but I will still recommend an exam by a surgeon. ...Read more
Sensitive subject: You can try doing it yourself with a mirror. A family member or close friend could also help. Another option is for your doctor to arrange a home visiting nurse. It is important to do the dressing changes properly, so the wound will heal correctly. ...Read more
I had surgery for an anal abscess 5 days ago. The skin around where the abscess was drained is still very hard. Will this go away?
Yes: This is normal “induration”. As the wound heals it will soften and decrease in size. Could take a week or so. ...Read more
Vaginal: Vaginal should be ok. Do seek evaluation by a colo-rectal specialist. ...Read more
It can: Many patients with peri-anal and peri-rectal abscess recover fine and never have a recurrence. Some patients develop recurrent abscess, and eventually are also found to have crohns or ulcerative colitis. Hopefully your abscess will be once and over. Both uc and crohns are difficult to diagnose. ...Read more
Yes, but get Rx.: This should be safe as it really is a swab of the surface of the cervix, and its mucus with a wooden swab spatula, and should not disrupt the abscess. However, such a lesion should get treated since it could rupture at any time and possibly spread infection, and this as well as hemorrhoids could lead to complications like anal cancer which is more common in women, so get it treated ahead of time. ...Read more
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