Anal Abscess (cont.)
Anal Abscess Diagnosis
The health care practitioner will ask questions about the patient's condition. Give the
health care practitioner all necessary information. Discussing the details may be embarrassing, but
health care practitioners and other medical personnel are required to maintain confidentiality. Honest responses to the
health care practitioner's questions will help
provide the patient faster appropriate care.
- The health care practitioner will then examine the patient and should explain the parts of the exam may be uncomfortable and will be careful to protect
the patient's modesty.
- The health care practitioner should provide clear answers to any questions the patient asks;
they should understand the treatment plan.
- Sometimes the diagnosis is obvious, and no tests are needed. At other times, blood and
urine tests and special imaging tests such as
X-ray, CT scan,
ultrasound may be needed. The
health care practitioner may also consult other specialists to confirm the diagnosis or to come up with the best treatment plan.
acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), may help control the pain and fever.
- If the abscess opens by itself there will be a release of pus, and possibly some relief of pain and fever.
Regardless, the abscess are still should be examined by a health care
- Even if the symptoms improve with home care, the affected individual should seek medical attention. Abscesses need to be evaluated and treated by a
health care practitioner. They rarely resolve on their own. Many people need further special treatment,
especially with perirectal abscesses, to avoid complications or a return of the abscess.
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