Perianal Crohn’s Disease: Abscesses, Fissures, and Fistulas

Crohn’s patients often suffer from perianal disease. This disease causes fistulas, extremely painful abscesses, infections, anal fissures, and cuts. Symptoms of perianal disease A perianal abscess is a collection of pus on or in your rectum. In my case, it’s inside. An abscess can be filled with pus and infection, and can spontaneously appear, sometimes creating a visible lump due to the swelling. It can cause intensely painful movement. The abscess is usually hot to the touch and sore. Abscesses can lead to a fistula (tunneling through the rectum), which can lead to infection occurring once or repeatedly. These forced infection tunnels can push outward toward the surface, leading to more abscesses, bleeding, pain, swelling, and anal fissures. Anal fissures are small tears or rips on or around the rectum. There can also be deeper tears in the skin. Sometimes they heal on their own and leave skin tags, but they sometimes need to be evaluated for treatment. If they do heal, they can tear open again. Fissures can include pain and bright red bleeding with or without a bowel movement. They can occur from hard or difficult bowel movements as well as overly frequent bowel movements. The fissures may itch or cause discomfort for several days. Doctors may recommend a sitz bath to keep the area clean, but sometimes they recommend surgery for the chronic fissures, fistulas, and abscesses. My perianal disease experience I noticed an abscess was on my rectum at about 11 p.m. The abscess grew while I slept that night, and I woke with pain inside my bottom. The abscess was severe enough that it took me to the emergency room. Up
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2 comments

  1. Linda says:

    I haven’t had surgery for my fistulas.. I’m glad someone else could explain the pain that we go through with having them. I still get all the other symptoms that go with Crohns but the fistulas are worse .
    Thank you for sharing ..

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