Located at the bottom of the rectum, the anus is the final part of the digestive tract. It is lined with two separate sphincters and controls the expulsion of feces — waste from the digestive process. As important as it is, however, it can succumb to infections such as anal abscesses, which can easily result from infected anal glands. Abscesses are extremely painful; they develop when pus collects adjacent to the anus. Unfortunately, they typically do not go away without treatment. With that said, it is possible to treat them with relatively simple drainage procedures.
1. What is an Anal Abscess?
Anal abscesses develop when pus fills cavities near the rectum or anus—often as a result of infected anal glands. Classified by their location, the abscesses typically form in the perianal area surrounding the anus. This embarrassing condition often leads to extreme pain which rarely subsides without surgical intervention.