Anal Abscess

Anal Abscess Treatment Specialist in The Woodlands TX

If you are experiencing the symptoms of an anal abscess, come to The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates for professional care and treatment today. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330 The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Anal Abscess Treatment Specialist Near Me in The Woodlands TX
Anal Abscess Treatment Specialist Near Me in The Woodlands TX

Table of Contents:

What are the causes of an anal abscess?
Can an anal abscess heal on its own?
What are the symptoms of an anal abscess?
What happens if the anal abscess is left untreated?
When should I see a doctor for an anal abscess?

An anal abscess is a painful infection that occurs when bacteria or other material gets trapped in the tissues of the anus and causes inflammation. Anal abscesses are a type of soft tissue infection and can develop into dangerous complications if not treated in a timely manner. They can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, and a feeling of needing to have a bowel movement even when there is nothing to pass. Anal abscesses can also cause rectal pain, which occurs when the abscess starts to drain near the surface of the skin.

What are the causes of an anal abscess?

An anal abscess can have many different causes. These include:

• An infected anal fissure (tear)
• Sexually transmitted infections
• Blocked anal glands
• HIV and other forms of immune suppression
• Diabetes
• Anal sex
• Chronic or severe constipation or diarrhea
• Steroid drug use, including prednisone
• Chemotherapy
• Hidradenitis suppurativa, a rare skin condition

Risk factors for anal abscesses include:

• Colitis
• Inflammatory bowel disease such as:
• Crohn’s disease
• Ulcerative colitis
• Diabetes
• Diverticulitis
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Being the receptive partner in anal sex
• Use of medications such as prednisone

Can an anal abscess heal on its own?

In almost all cases, an anal abscess does not heal on its own; it requires medical treatment to drain the pus and prevent further infection. Because of this, it is imperative to seek immediate care for an anal abscess; untreated anal abscesses are at risk of developing into more severe complications, resulting in more invasive procedures and prolonged recovery periods.

What are the symptoms of an anal abscess?

Common symptoms of an anal abscess include:

• Anal pain
• Bleeding from the anus
• Constipation
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Lump or painful hardened tissue near the anus
• Night sweats
• Pain in the lower abdomen
• Pain or discomfort near the anus
• Pain when passing a stool
• Pus drainage near the anus or buttocks
• Redness, swelling, and tenderness around the anus
• Unpleasant discharge (pus)

The symptoms of an anal abscess can worsen if the condition progresses, necessitating more interventional treatments.

What happens if the anal abscess is left untreated?

If an anal abscess is left untreated it can lead to the development of an anal fistula, which is an abnormal passage between the skin around the anus and the rectal or anal canal; this may require invasive surgery and a prolonged recovery period, as well as potential risks. In severe cases, an untreated anal abscess can develop into a systemic infection—an infection that has spread from the site of the abscess and into the bloodstream; in addition to being fatal, this can also lead to sepsis and toxic shock. Signs and symptoms indicative of systemic shock include a high fever (over 100.4ºF), persistent vomiting, shaking chills, inability to have a bowel movement, and extreme anal or rectal pain; these symptoms should receive immediate medical attention.

When should I see a doctor for an anal abscess?

It is important to see a doctor about an anal abscess if you are experiencing any of the symptoms or complications discussed in the previous question. An anal abscess can quickly develop into serious health conditions if not promptly addressed, which is why it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for an anal abscess.

Our medical professionals can accurately diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan that will most effectively address your concerns. Call us to book an appointment with our anal abscess treatment specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330, The Woodlands, TX 77380. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from The Woodlands TX, Shenandoah TX, Conroe TX, Tomball TX, Magnolia TX, Cypress TX, Montgomery TX, Cleveland TX, Houston TX, Kingwood TX, and Humble TX, and beyond.