I had surgery for a large anal abcess in March, seton drains put in in June, and removed in October. Since that time, the skin irritation and burning has gotten much worse. I'm hopeful the stupid abcess is not coming back, but who knows until it reaches a certain size. I have a fissure and internal hemorrhoids that I've had for about 3 years. My surgeon just says to use Desitin and baby wipes and come back and see her in a month and "we'll talk" (although she doesn't like questions or talking). She claims my pain is due to an internal muscle spasming and not allowing the fissure to heal. I usually go to the bathroom once a day but that has gotten smaller in size - she doesn't seem concerned, but it worries me. I'm not currently having diarrhea.
I'm used to the pain and burning of the fissure for about an hour afterwards, but now the burning is on the skin all around as well - pretty much all day. She says I have a "moisture problem" but I am taking sitz baths, showering off well, keeping everything clean and using the Desitin and wearing gauze between the "cheeks" as she instructed and it's not getting better. The Desitin is supposed to protect the skin but wouldn't the cream also not allow air to allow the skin to heal? She did not suggest any prescription creams with anything to help the pain or heal the situation. I also get concerned that maybe something like a yeast or other skin condition has developed and I don't know if she would know about this.
I feel I'm caught between specialties - I don't have huge confidence in what my surgeon is telling me since it's not helping. I called my dermatologist and they asked why wasn't I calling a gynecologist. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't see the surgeon for a while (not that she's helping), I have a gastro doctor and a gynecologist I could see, but skin problems in this area seem to fall in a "no man's/woman's area".
Anyone else had constant skin burning and irritation and who did you see that could help you, or what have you found that helps on your own. I appreciate your help!