Just the thought of having an anal abscess can be quite disturbing due to the pain and discomfort than follows it. Also known as a parietal abscess, this troublesome blister can be defined as a collection of pus (dead bacteria usually indicating presence of infection or inflammation) under the tissues around the anus.
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If you want to easily and immediately identify an anal abscess, you better look out for one or more of the following symptoms that are associated with it:
- Severe pain in the anal or rectal region
- Drainage of pus near the anus
- Fatigue, fever and chills
- Pain while defecating
- Redness/bleeding in the rectum
- Anal tissue turning hard
- Swelling in and around the anal region or the buttocks
Anal abscess is known to develop from the glands that surround the anal region. If the skin of the area surrounding the anus gets infected due to some reason, the glands are likely to clog up due to the accumulation of dead bacteria and waste material. Furthermore, in case the sacs containing the pus burst open, the surrounding area too will get infected, thus forming an abscess.
Although clogged glands in the anal region are the major cause of an anal abscess, there are few conditions which increase the likelihood of triggering an anal abscess. These are listed as per below:
- HIV/AIDS- low white blood cell count and diminished immunity increase the chances of developing anal abscess
- Diabetes- slows down healing process of a wound
- Crohn’s Disease- Crohn’s disease is a chronic disease in which the bowels get inflamed and lead to obstruction of the passageway.
- Hemorrhoids – persistent pain in defecating may lead to abscess
- Prolonged consumption of immunosuppressant and/or steroids
- Prolonged intake ofmeditations associated with Chemotherapy, prednisone and corticosteroid
- Anal fissures
- Presence of a foreign body in the anus
- Sexually transmitted diseases
An anal abscess may vary in size and intensity of pain but not everyone is comfortable with the thought of using antibiotics or opting for fluid drainage. This is where the importance of natural treatments comes in. Here few simple home remedies that you can use to treat and prevent the reoccurrence of anal abscess.
This is referred to as a warm bath where you are required to immerse your buttocks for 15 to 20 minutes in water which has Epsom salt or some other antiseptic lotion added to it. This will help relieve pain and eventually eliminate the abscess.
Eating wild oregano with your food or gently massaging wild oregano oil to the site of infection can be extremely helpful.
Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe Vera contains many healing properties; apply it generously over the abscess until it heals up.
Turmeric, coconut clarified butter and garlic paste:
apply this after bath and before bed to a gauge pad and let it cover the abscess overnight. Its anti-inflammatory properties are very soothing to the infection.
Make a paste of this clay with some water and apply to the infected area. It is to be reapplied every 12 hours and will help to draw out the infection gradually.
Being careful of what you eat when you have an anal abscess is very important. Avoid spicy dishes and have more fibrous food so as to prevent constipation as that would add the already painful condition.
In case you notice your anal abscess worsening despite the treatments, do not strive to tolerate the amplified pain or alleviated symptoms of the ailment. The best option here would be rush to the doctor. However, such cases would be rare as the mentioned natural remedies provide riddance of anal abscess quite effectively.