A perirectal abscess is an infection that causes a pocket of pus near the anus. The area may itch and be quite painful for your child. Most abscesses are caused by a blocked anal gland that gets infected. An abscess also can be caused by a tear, or fissure, in the anus. Diseases that affect the colon, such as Crohn's disease, also may cause an abscess.
The doctor may have drained the abscess to help treat the infection. He or she also may have prescribed antibiotics. Care at home can help your child heal.
Your child may have had a sedative to help him or her relax. Your child 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 your child 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 child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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