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A perineal abscess is an infection that causes a painful lump in the perineum. The perineum is the area between the scrotum and the anus in a man. In a woman, it's the area between the vulva and the anus. The area may look red and feel painful and be swollen. The abscess may form after surgery or after delivery of a baby. It can also be caused by an infection of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is an organ found inside a man's body, just below the bladder.
Your doctor may have done minor surgery to open and drain the abscess.
You may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after having sedation. It can take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger MD - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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