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What is Anal Fistula?

Anal Fistula problem usually presents with a small boil near or away from the anal opening. This ruptures and discharges thin fluid or pus. The discharge dries up in a few days only to come back again after a few weeks. Unless treated effectively, this problem persists for even months or years.

What Causes an Anal Fistula?

The anal canal has glands that secrete mucus. When one of these glands gets infected, it forms an abscess. At times this infection can burrow out of the anal canal and tunnel to the skin around the anus opening out as a fistula. Sometimes a few diseases of the large intestine can present with a fistula. These diseases include Crohn’s disease, sexually transmitted infections, trauma, tuberculosis, diverticulitis, etc.

Treatment for Anal Fistula:

An anal fistula is a long-standing established infection of the anal region. Medicines cannot completely cure it. The fistula has to be treated up to its root, which is buried deep in the anal canal. The external pus discharging site is like a chimney. The actual stove is buried deep inside. Surgery is the best method for permanent cure.

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