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Anal Fistula

Anal fistula refers to a narrow channel that forms an abnormal communication between the anus and the skin surrounding it. It forms as a result of recurrent anal abscesses or infections, resulting in the collection of a large amount of pus, which when drains out, leaves behind a fistula.

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I am a 33-year-old healthy male experiencing itching in my anus. What could be causing this?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing itching in my anus. I took a picture, but I am unsure about its significance. I am a 33-year-old male, single, and free from any diseases and drugs. I noticed a small growth in my anus, but I am uncertain whether it is a normal occurrence. Could it be hemorrhoid, fis...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to have reviewed the images that you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). It appears that you are experiencing a condition known as Pruritus ani. I do not observe any visible signs of fistula or hemorrhoids. However, for a more definiti...  Read Full »

I have a tender lump beneath skin near anus. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, Suffering from mild IBS D (irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea) since last four years. Noticed a tender lump beneath skin near anus three years ago. Swells and shrinks itself. Mild throbbing and pale yellow fluid discharge from anus when pressed during swelling. Proctoscopy was done...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After reviewing the information shared and your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears you are suffering from Fistula -in Ano (tubular interconnection between anal canal and outside skin near the anal opening). The swelling you are talking a...  Read Full »

I have had a painful growth near my anus for the past few years. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have something near the anus which has been there for a few years, and sometimes it increases in size and is painful, but I feel relieved when it pops. On the other hand, sometimes it is painful when pressure is applied. I have attached the picture.  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. From the attached image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems you have repeated perianal abscess. Usually, a fistula is responsible. This fistula is called fistula-in-ano or anal fistula and is of several types. Bas...  Read Full »

How to pack the cavity after anal fistula surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I uderwent a surgery for an anal fistula three months back. The doctor advised me to use a mesh with sterile tamponadebine daily. As I am in my native home town, I do not have this here. I want to know how many days can I stay without packing this cavity? Can I have an alternative? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi Welcome to Your surgical site wound seems to be healthy with good healing. At this stage, your pain can be manageable. It would be best if you can upload your records and your doctor's advice before getting an alternative. You can have a sitz bath. Continue using it until you g...  Read Full »

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