Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Anal Abscess Treatment

Treatment for a perianal abscess is usually surgical. Treatment also usually includes warm baths, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, narcotic pain medications, and antibiotics.

Treatment for perianal abscess may include:


Incision and drainage includes:
  • The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
  • A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the abscess.
  • An incision is made with a scalpel.
  • Pus is drained from the abscess.
  • The abscess cavity is flushed clean.
  • In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
  • The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.

Anal Abscess Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat perianal abscesses:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Anal Abscess References
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