This form of abscess is not uncommon. High living, irregular and sedentary habits, straining at stool, and general derangement of the health are all causes which may result in abscess near the rectum. It is a curious fact that this form of abscess shows a great tendency to become chronic and little disposition to heal kindly, often resulting in fistula.

The Treatment of Abscess Near the Anus

As soon as a painful swelling near the anus is felt, go to bed and apply ice or very cold compresses constantly for twenty-four hours. If the soreness and swelling continue to increase, apply hot fomentations to hasten the process.