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Stopping infection from spreading is important in patients suffering from anal fistula


What can be more irritating than a thin, watery or sometimes pus like discharge from the area of the buttocks interspersed with severe pain and sometimes associated with fever interfering with day to day activities? Well, this is a common occurrence in many people and the ordeal remains even for several years in varying intensity too.

The rectum is the external opening of the anus, the last part of the gastro intestinal tract to help expel faeces. This area also contains a few glands called the anal glands. These glands are prone to infection due to causes like a local injury, chronic diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis etc.

This leads to formation of pus, which gets collected and tries to find its way out through the path of least resistance. The buttocks or the gluteal region around the anus is an area filled with fatty tissue and loose muscles and the pus tends to percolate down into this area.

The ensuing heaviness and the spread of the infection leads to severe pain, inflammation and swelling too. It forms a channel, which opens around the anus and tends to discharge the pus.

The stool and the rectal muscle contractions constantly irritate the anal glands and thereby infection spreads through the channel constantly and process never seems to end.

A firm, tender mass may be apparent on pressure and if the abscess is big it could also push the anal opening to one side.

There is sticky, pus like discharge along with the stool or even otherwise soiling the undergarments. Streaks of blood during an acute infection are common too.

Fever with chills is associated with the infection.

The discomfort and tightness around the anal area leads to difficulty in bowel movement.

Homoeopathic medicine has good remedies to get rid of the abscess most of the time without intervention of the surgeons' scalpel.

It helps improve body's resistance thereby the infection of the anal glands does not occur that often and over a period of time clear the fistulous tract and the vicious cycle of pain, tenderness and oozing is resolved. Hepar sulph is a remedy to help clear the pus while Silicea complements it to clear the remnants. The fistulous tracts are driven clear of infection with remedies like Echinacea and Myristica. Sulphur is a remedy that prevents recurrent infection. Mercurius is indispensable to stave away infection and prevent further formation of abscesses.


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