Our Office Updates As of 2021

CRSSNY is now having office hours on Saturdays and Sundays. We are also offering Colonoscopies on Saturdays. For more information or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please Contact Us Now.

Treating Anal Abscesses to Alleviate Pain By Frank Caliendo M.D. on April 30, 2016

A doctor discussing matters with a patientThe team at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York is always focused on addressing pain and restoring wellness to patients no matter what condition they suffer from. Serving all of Long Island, countless patients have turned to us when facing serious medical problems that affect the colon, rectum, and digestive tract.

Abscesses can be a cause of serious anal pain and other medical problems. Let's take a moment to consider the causes and symptoms of anal abscesses and how they can be professionally treated.

About Anal Abscesses

An anal abscess occurs when pus accumulates and develops around a person's anus. The most common type of anal abscess is a perianal abscess, in which a boil-like swelling of tissue develops near the anus. These abscesses may appear red and feel warm to the touch. Keep in mind that it's atypical for abscesses to develop in deeper tissues near or in the anus.

Roughly half of all people who experience an anal abscess will face a subsequent problem known as an anal fistula. In essence this means a small passage that forms between the anal abscess and the patient's skin.

Anal abscesses and fistulas can be very painful, and will often require professional attention for treatment.

Causes of Anal Abscesses and Potential Risk Factors

The most common causes of anal abscesses include:

  • Infection
  • Blocked anal glands
  • Sexually transmitted infections

There are certain factors, actions, and conditions that can make anal abscesses more likely. These risk factors include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Anal intercourse
  • Diverticulitis

Research has shown that using a condom during anal intercourse can reduce the chances of developing an abscess and/or fistula. In addition, frequent diaper changes and proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of anal abscesses affecting babies and toddlers.

Signs and Symptoms of Anal Abscesses

The most common signs and symptoms of anal abscesses include:

  • Constant and throbbing pain, especially when sitting
  • Irritated skin near the anus
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Pus or discharge
  • Constipation

Anal abscesses that affect deeper tissues of the anus can also lead to chills and fever.

Treatment Options for Anal Abscesses

In the vast majority of cases, treatment for an anal abscess will involve surgical drainage. When a person suffers from a superficial anal abscess such as a perianal abscess, the drainage procedure can be performed using local anesthetic in the doctor's office. When the anal abscess affects deeper tissues or is particularly large, the drainage procedure may require general anesthesia and hospitalization.

Following the surgical drainage, patients will be typically be given pain relievers to aid in the recovery process.

If a fistula is present, sometimes that can be addressed at the same time as the drainage of the abscess. In most cases, the fistula may develop weeks or months after the abscess is treated, requiring a separate surgical treatment.

Schedule a Consultation at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York

To learn more about prevention and treatment of anal abscesses as well as other matters related to your general health and wellness, we encourage you to contact our team of colon and rectal surgery experts today. The team at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York will work closely with you to ensure optimal health and wellness.

Related to This

Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York staff

Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York

The Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York provide comfortable, discreet, and private care from five locations throughout Long Island and Queens. Every member of our team is a respected leader in their field, and each is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. We provide a complete set of services related to your colorectal health, including:

To request a consultation with our physicians, please fill out our online form or call (516) 248-2422.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite

Garden City Office

1100 Franklin Ave
Ste 203
Garden City, NY 11530

Closed Today

Manhasset Office

1155 Northern Blvd
2nd Floor
Manhasset, NY 11030

Closed Today

Nesconset Office

61 Southern Blvd
Nesconset, NY 11767

Closed Today

Greenlawn Office

5 Cuba Hill Rd
West Entrance
Greenlawn, NY 11740

Closed Today

Melville Office

510 Broadhollow Rd.
Ste 309
Melville, NY 11747

Closed Today

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Which location would you prefer?

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(516) 248-2422 Send a message