Hello! I've been reading on this forum for quite some time for information and advices from other people and finally just figured I should just finally join this forum.
It's like 6 AM for me right now but I cannot sleep, due to an abscess that formed again. I am in desperate need for some information or advice.
Here's my situation:
On January 1st, I felt some pain and did research and was finally diagnosed with a perianal abscess infection right near my anus on February 11th. I had it drained and was sent home from the hospital 2 days later.
This is what I have been doing to keep it clean and my attempt to heal it correctly (Tell me if I am doing anything wrong, It feels like I am doing everything wrong! ahh!)
- I take sitz baths every 4 hours or so
- After a bowel movement, I would use body soap to clean the area and then take a sitz bath
- Following the sitz bath, I place a sterile dressing in between my buttocks to keep the area dry and clean and also to help drain if it is still draining
I am wondering if I need to keep placing a sterile bandage after every sitz bath even if its not draining anymore? I was told it helps to keep the area clean, but I am not sure if it is necessary?
Anyways, It seemed like it was healing perfectly fine until about
late March when I woke up one day and I felt pain, it was reinfected but the abscess was around the wound area and much more tender than the previous infection. I went back on antibiotics and somehow the pressure from sitting down made the surgical wound drain the abscess. Then about
2 weeks ago, it was reinfected AGAIN but the abscess surfaced and popped on its own when I was sitting down. Now, about
3 hours ago, I had a bowel movement and felt pain and noticed swelling and that it was reinfected again.
SO! It seems like the same tender new abscess is not going away, is my cleaning not good enough after it pops? Any advice or information would help greatly. I'm in a terrible position too, I have no more insurance and unemployed. I also come from a very poor background so I do not have the money to access a doctor for another drainage or even a simple diagnosis, especially since I am trying to pay off the previous hospital bill for draining the ridiculously painful abscess.
Looking forward to anything and thanks in advance!