A general or rectal surgeon is the appropriate physician to see for treatment of an anal abscess.
An abscess is a collection of pus. An anal abscess may develop in the deep tissues surrounding the anus or be more shallow under the skin. They both require immediate treatment to lance the abscess and let it drain. Therefore it is important that you see a surgeon. A general practitioner may be able to take care of a small abscess in the office. Antibiotics alone usually cannot treat the problem.
Without proper treatment, an abscess can cause a widespread infection (septicemia). You are more likely to get an anal abscess if you have diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s, engage in anal sex, or have an impaired immune system such as from AIDS or chemotherapy.
If you have recurrent anal abscesses and there is no clear explanation for their cause, a consultation with a physician who specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (gastroenterologist) may be appropriate.
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