An abscess is a bacterial infection of mucus-secreting glands within the anus or rectum. These growths often resemble pus-filled pimples, but they should not be treated without the supervision of a trained medical professional. Outpatient therapy or abscess drainage is usually recommended to reduce pain and prevent further infection.
Abscess drainage is performed as an outpatient procedure and involves making an incision over the abscess so that pus can drain freely. Once the pus has completely drained, the area is either left alone or sutured to promote healing. Most patients experience pain relief when the abscess is drained.