Perianal abscess is a painful boil that swells around the anus, it contains pus and can be very painful.

Although, it is always advisable to see your doctor if you feel any form of painful swell close to the anus. This can lead to discomfort in the body like mild fever and chills. This discomfort is as a result of the bodys immune system responding to the infection.
Perianal abscess is the most common type of Abscess. The major type of treatment is by surgical procedure. However, many patients get fistula complications after the treatment.


Symptoms of perianal abscess may vary, however the most common symptoms include:
  • Accumulation of pus around the anus.
  • Swell
  • Skin irritation and redness around the affected area
  • Severe pains
  • Mild fever
  • Chills


Abscess is mainly caused by infection, other causes of anal abscess include:

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI)
  • Blocked anal gland
  • Colitis 
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease 
  • Medication such as predisone


Treatment for perianal abscess is mainly by surgery. This should be done as quickly as possible to drain the pus around the affected area. With the help of an aesthetic injection, your doctor can perform this surgery in the hospital. After the surgery, antibiotics are best prescribed to keep the affected area free from infection. Although it might not be necessary for some patients.

It is advisable to soak the affected place with warm water at least 3 times daily and also maintain soft stool to ease the discomfort of bowel movement.

Endeavour to see a doctor if you notice any of the above symptoms.