This very troublesome affection usually results from the preceding. It rarely recovers of itself. There is no danger in curing the affection, even when it is of long standing, as a suppression of the discharge does not result in disease of the lungs in persons whose pulmonary organs are weak, as is popularly supposed.

The Treatment of Fistula in Ano

The affection may be palliated by means of frequent cold bathing and wearing a small quantity of oakum pressed against the part, or a sponge squeezed out of a strong solution of permanganate of potash; but the only radical remedy is division of the tissues with a probe pointed bistoury.