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Q. I have a painful swelling in my perianal area. Could it be an abscess?

Answered by
Dr. John H. Bocachica
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 22, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 03, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have a painful lump on my perianal area. I shaved on Friday and at first I thought it was only an ingrown hair but I am not sure anymore. For the last two days, I have been working sitting for many hours and it became very painful and swollen. I do not know if it is an abscess. Please help.

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Hello,

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Well, I do not know the particulars of your case, it sounds as if you may have what is called a Bartholin’s cyst. This represents inflammation of the glandular structure in the perianal area in women. It is generally benign but can be very painful and uncomfortable.

Try sitting in a warm tub with warm water several times a day or applying warm compresses to the area such as a warm cloth for about 15 minutes and as it may bring down the inflammation. If that does not work then you should probably see a local doctor who has other methods of bringing down the inflammation including the use of antibiotics.


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