Fistula and Anal Abscess Treatment in Chattanooga, TN
An anal abscess is an infected cavity filled with pus in the anal area. A fistula is almost always the result of a previous abscess. It is a small tunnel connecting the anal gland from which the abscess arose to the skin of the buttocks outside the anus. Colitis or inflammation of the intestine may make these infections more likely. The abscess may be drained but surgery is necessary to cure an anal fistula. Fistulae often develop within four to six weeks after an abscess has drained. They may occur months or years later. Symptoms include constant pain, sometimes accompanied by swelling; that is not necessarily related to bowel movements. There is often irritation of the skin around the anus, drainage of pus (which often relieves the pain), fever, and feeling poorly in general.