Have you ever suffered from perianal abscess?
We understand that it definitely was not a good experience. You don’t want it to aggravate and become worse, right?
Don’t worry. You can put an end to your worry as there are various home remedies to get rid of perianal or anorectal abscess. SMILES is here to help you in understanding more about perianal abscess & how it should be treated?
A perianal abscess is a collection of pus in the tissue around the anus & rectum. This can also occur deeper in the anal canal, closer to the lower colon or pelvic organs.
Causes of a Perianal abscess
Most perianal abscesses are caused by a blocked anal gland that gets infected. Other common perianal abscess causes that include Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and a Tear or fissure in the anus etc.
Symptoms of a Perianal abscess
A perianal abscess may appear as red and swollen bump near the anus. It may be tender to touch due to the pressure within the abscess. The abscess can cause severe pain and fever.
You can notice other symptoms that include constipation, a lump in the anal area and a discharge of pus near the anus.
Most perianal abscesses develop spontaneously that naturally start to drain & heal. If you notice any of the symptoms of a perianal abscess it should be treated right away – says Dr. Parameshwara C M, the best colon and rectal surgeon in Bangalore.
The initial stage of anorectal abscess can be treated at home by following the methods that are mentioned below.
Perianal abscess treatment at home
Most perianal abscesses do not heal on their own. With this view, SMILES describes how to care and heal your abscess at home.
- ● Sit in a tub of warm water and Epsom salt(Sitz bath) 3 times a day, after bowel movements. This soaking of the anal area in warm water helps get rid of pain and itching and heal the infection itself.
- ● Use stool softeners to avoid the strain during bowel movements and thus prevent conditions such as constipation.
- ● Add more fiber to your diet, and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to soften your stools.
- ● Avoid fried foods and refined sugars that aggravate your symptoms.
- ● Avoid scented and colored toilet papers, which may irritate your anal area.
- ● Clean the anal area gently with wet cotton balls or baby wipes, after the abscess has been drained.
- ● Apply ice (at the anal area ) several times a day for 10 to 20 minutes that helps with discomfort.
If the above natural remedies for abscess don’t work for you, It could be a chronic perianal abscess that requires a surgical procedure. Do not ignore it. If left untreated, the anorectal abscess can lead to complications such as anal fistulas and fecal incontinence.