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Can folliculitis cause pain and discomfort near the anal region?


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Published At June 7, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 24, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Near the anus, a pimple-like bump has appeared which is painful and is causing me discomfort. I guess it is not piles. Please help.


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I acknowledge the image attached (attachments removed to protect patient's identity) with this email. It looks like folliculitis, which is usually caused by bacteria. It is common during the summer season due to increased sweating and humidity. Take care of your nutrition status and keep yourself hydrated. It is usually self-limiting and the swelling reduces within two to three days. In case of severe pain and an increase in the size of swelling, do visit a nearby doctor. I hope your queries are resolved and any further queries are welcome.

The Probable causes

Probable causes are bacterial etiology.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis includes swelling in the anal region called folliculitis.

Probable diagnosis

Probable diagnosis is folliculitis in the anal region.

Treatment plan

The treatment plan includes external topical application of ointment Povidone (Povidone Iodine) 5%, twice or thrice a day, and external use of antiseptic Neko soap (Triclocarban).

Preventive measures

Keep the anal region clean and dry.

Regarding follow up

If necessary.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath
Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Infectious Diseases

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