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countrygal
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   Posted 8/15/2007 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
 I think I have a skin tag.But doc can't see me until late september.It is further up my butt crack and seems to be getting bigger.Tender to touch.I have read the posts,but any advice would be great...
I use to have a handle on life ,But it broke!!!!
 
I suppose I'm derranged..
 
 
Why I have not begun to Defile myself...


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 8/15/2007 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Soak, Soak, Soak! If you don't have one already, get a sitz bath. Soak in as warm a water as you can tolerate. Epsom salts help too. Docs have always said that the tags were the best indicator for active disease---getting bigger = flare. Maybe tone down the diet for a while too. Also wiping gently makes a big difference---I use a cloth and pour warm water over the area instead of wiping. Best thing is hopping in the shower with the handheld sprayer. When I am out, I carry a little bottle of water in my purse to help cleanse gently (the bottle from the nasal saline I bought works great) and I bring baby wipes with me everywhere.
Hope this helps! Happy soaking!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, stable with Pentasa, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, only on B12 and vitamin supplements now
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 8/15/2007 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
A skin tag is usually right around the anus.....might be a fistula or abscess. And Habs is right soaking helps.

countrygal
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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
 Thanx guys...all is appreciated.What is a fistula or abscess?And what is the difference between the two.Should I be more worried about this...

I use to have a handle on life ,But it broke!!!!
 
I suppose I'm derranged..
 
 
Why I have not begun to Defile myself...


pb4
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   Posted 8/16/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Anal skin tags are just that, they are located right in/around the anus...


A fistula is an abnormal tunnel connecting two body cavities (such as the rectum and the vagina) or a body cavity to the skin (like the rectum to the outside of the body). One way a fistula may form is from an abscess -- a pocket of pus in the body. The abscess may be constantly filling with body fluids such as stool or urine, which prevents healing. Eventually the fistula breaks through to the skin, another body cavity, or an organ. Fistulas are more common in Crohn's disease than in ulcerative colitis. Approximately one quarter of people with Crohn's disease develop fistulas.

Types of Fistulas
Fistulas often occur in the area around the genitals and anus (known as the perineum). The four types of fistulas are:

Enterocutaneous: This type of fistula is from the intestine to the skin.

An enterocutaneous fistula may be a complication of surgery. It can be described as a passageway that progresses from the intestine to the surgery site and then to the skin.
Enteroenteric or Enterocolic: This is a fistula that involves the large or small intestine.
Enterovaginal: This is a fistula that goes to the vagina.
Enterovesicular: This type of fistula goes to the bladder. These fistulas may result in frequent urinary tract infections, or the passage of gas from the urethra during urination.
Symptoms
Symptoms of fistulas can include pain, fever, tenderness, itching, and generally feeling poorly. The fistula may also drain pus or a foul-smelling discharge. These symptoms vary based on the severity and location of the fistula.

Diagnosis
Fistulas, depending on their location, can be diagnosed by some of the diagnostic tests often used in IBD. Barium enema, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or an upper endoscopy may be used.


I'd be going to see the doc ASAP.


:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


ginger71
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   Posted 8/16/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like it may be an abscess....Does it look like a pimlpe and/or is it red around the area or feel hot to the touch? Does it feel like a bruise?
Good luck :-)
Ginger
36 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (28 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 2 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Count does not include self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07.  Lots of joint pain, and a new fistula since the 2nd infusion 6/19.
Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.
Ginger :)


countrygal
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   Posted 8/27/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
 Thanks everyone for the advice.It is getting a little bigger but I will see the doc in 2 weeks...Hopefully it will go well...

I use to have a handle on life ,But it broke!!!!
 
I suppose I'm derranged..
 
 
Why I have not begun to Defile myself...


pb4
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   Posted 8/27/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Countrygal :)

Here is a link that will first show pics of a hemheroid just outside the anus and below that pic is a pic of actual anal skin tags (aka: elephant ears), also located right outside (attached to) the anus...

 

 

http://www.emedmag.com/html/pre/fea/features/011504.asp

 

 

:)

 


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


countrygal
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks pb4,I think.WOW that was not fun.Now I am looking up fistules as people have said that may be it...I am turning into a hypochondriac...LOL

I use to have a handle on life ,But it broke!!!!
 
I suppose I'm derranged..
 
 
Why I have not begun to Defile myself...

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