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Is it okay to swim in a chlorinated swimming pool while having an open anal fistula?It is leaking pus, and is open to the outside.

Is it okay to swim in a chlorinated swimming pool while having an open anal fistula?It is leaking pus, and is open to the outside.

No, not OK: You definitely should stay out of public swimming pools until this problem is healed. Although chorination provides some prevention for others, it cannot protect against the large amount of contamination expected from this kind of wound. You must not put others at risk. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Anal Fistula (Definition)

An anal fistula is an abnormal connection or tract that connects the inside lining of the colon or rectum with the outside skin. It intermittently drains pus and can cause discomfort, pain, itching, and other symptoms. It most commonly occurs as a consequence of an abscess in the same area. This may require outpatient surgery ...Read more


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I am getting recurrent uti's and using antibiotics each time. I have anal fistula, it discharges pus. Am i getting uti's due to fistula discharge?

I am getting recurrent uti's and using antibiotics each time. I have anal fistula, it discharges pus. Am i getting uti's due to fistula discharge?

Yes to uti: The discharging anal fistula, in a female will colonize the genital area. This will be the source of bacteria ( commonly e-coli ). You may consider the fistula surgically treated to eliminate the source of bacteria. Remember repeated use of antibiotics will eventually make you resistant to the antibiotics, which is a dangerous situation to be in.Zk. ...Read more

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Can an anal fistula have little or no pain? Pus collects around rectum when i sit, but the small hole bleeds after bm. No bm pain during, little after

Can an anal fistula have little or no pain? Pus collects around rectum when i sit, but the small hole bleeds after bm. No bm pain during, little after

Yes: It can simply drain without pain. You should definitely have this treated, however. There are some very well respected colon and rectal surgeons in your region that can provide you very good care. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an anal fistula that is only an inch long? Connects from top of healing fissure (no pain) & pus drains/collects nearby

Is it possible to have an anal fistula that is only an inch long? Connects from top of healing fissure (no pain) & pus drains/collects nearby

Yes: Absolutely. This happens. As a fissure is healing, it can form a small subcutaneous sinus that becomes a fistula. I have seen that several times. It heals very well because it usually involves no sphincter muscle and is readily treated with a simple fistulotomy. ...Read more

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How much a lasser cirugy an anal fistula?

Hmmm: If you are asking what the cost of laser surgery to treat an anal fistula might be, I can't help you. But I can tell you that treating an anal fistula with laser surgery would be rather unorthodox. ...Read more

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What happens if an anal fistula is untreated?

It continues: An anal fistula will continue to fester, leaking pus and blood every few days, until it is fixed. The fix depends on the course of the fistula through the anal sphincter. There is a small risk of cancer if a fistula is left for many years. ...Read more

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How to prevent recurrence of anal fistula?

Depends: On the cause of the fistula in the first place. Maintain a consistent bowel pattern and avoiding constipation or diarrhea is the best you can do. If the fistula is relate to crohn's disease, keeping your disease in remission by taking your maintenance meds without fail, is the best you can do. ...Read more

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How long will I be out of work after surgery for an anal fistula?

Really depends: Erika - there are several surgeries for anal fistula. Your recovery really depends on not only what exact procedure you have, but also your tolerance for pain, and how important it is for you to be back at work. I've seen a range from the same afternoon to three to four weeks. ...Read more

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How much time will it take for the cure of anal fistula with abscess formation?

How much time will it take for the cure of anal fistula with abscess formation?

Variable: It is hard to say how long it will take to heal. Without knowing how bad the fistula and the abscess is, I cannot answer your question accurately. ...Read more

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Is surgery for an anal fistula more painful than just leaving the fistula alone?

Is surgery for an anal fistula more painful than just leaving the fistula alone?

No: Typically a fistula is a chronic inflammatory "tunnel" between the anus and the skin. There are many types, many treatments, and the most common surgery involves literally "filetting" open the tract to allow it to heal by itself, and thus obliterate the tunnel. This is somewhat painful, but offers the advantage of removing the chronic, longstanding focus of inflammation and pain, and so is usual. ...Read more

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My husband has had surgery 4 xs for an anal fistula and will need a 5th, is this common?

Not common: But not rare. Depends if the fistulas are in the exact same place and how they were treated surgically, how complex the fistulas were and whether the correct surgery was performed. Fistulas can recur if incompletely treated at the time of surgery. See a colorectal surgeon for more complex fistulas as your husband has. Also consider whether he has been tested for crohn's disease. ...Read more

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I undergone for anal fistula operation before two days.Now for how many days I have to go for dressing to the docor?

SImple Care: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more

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I had two surgeries from anal fistula and has been cured. It hurts when i sitting down on bike or exercise. What i do?

It depends ...: Fistula surgery can be simple to complex. Postop course depends on the extent and complexity of the surgery. Pain can be a part of recovery depending on when was the surgery. Healing can take 8-12 weeks. With the history of 2 fistulas, check with your surgeon to make sure that you are not developing another disease. Scar tissue can also cause discomfort specially after sitting on hard surfaces. ...Read more

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How is safe and what are the risk in having a fistulotomy ? And what are the risk in not having an anal fistula removed?

Safer with experienc: Biggest risk is incontinence-very low incidence in experienced hands, many options available to lessen risk. Discuss with an experienced surgeon! risks are higher if you don't fix it, as multiple infections will surely damage sphincter more, making repair even harder, riskier the longer you wait. Most fistulae are easily fixed with minimal risk, so don't delay for fear of consequences. ...Read more

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What treatment for anal fistula?

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

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Can i exercise with an anal fistula?

Can i exercise with an anal fistula?

Sure: Exercise is unlikely to change the course of an anal fistula. If you have an anal fistula, you should have it corrected by a board certified colorectal surgeon, but exercising is not likely to make your situation any worse (though the fistula may make the exercise uncomfortable). ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more