Anorectal abscess

  • Collection of pus in the soft tissue of the anus and rectal area
  • Symptoms may include rectal pain and swelling
  • Cause may be unknown or due to a bacterial infection from complications of Crohn’s disease, cancer, tuberculosis or trauma
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in infants
  • May be mild to severe depending on the cause
  • Can become long-term or develop complications if left untreated

Soak in a warm bath for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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