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Can folliculitis cause pain and inflammation in the anal region?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At July 7, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 11, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have had pain in my anal area for less than a week. It hurts every time I sit down, lift something, squat down, or walk. I have a previous history of dust allergy and hay fever. I have used the tablet Cetirizine in the past. Kindly advise.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for the query. I understand your concern. You have an inflamed pus lesion in the anal area. It may be due to folliculitis. Do you have any issues related to passing stools? I suggest the below steps. Avoid wearing tight clothes. Wear loose inner wears. Avoid friction or irritation to the area. Avoid sitting for long hours. Avoid shaving too short or close to the skin. Apply topical antibiotic cream like Mupirocin or Fucidin (Sodium Fusidate). Take analgesics like Ibuprofen after food to reduce pain and inflammation. You may need oral antibiotics if it does not subside with the above treatment plan. Also, if it worsens, I suggest you consult your doctor for further examination and management. I hope this helps. Kindly revert in case of further questions. Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply. Are the prescribed creams available only through a prescription?


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I suggest cream Silverex (Sulphadiazine and Chlorhexidine), or cream Soframycin (Framycetin Sulphate 1 %w/w), or ointment Povidone Iodine. These are available as OTC (over-the-counter) products. You must clean the area with warm saline twice daily and apply the cream. I hope this helps. Thank you.

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