About a month and a half ago I had a papillae (skin tag) removed from the anal area. I think it was due to a fissure I created while pushing because of poor fiber intake. So when it healed it created a skin tag. But now that I had it removed I think it created another problem. I was freaked out when I found some granulation tissue after surgery was inflamed and hurt really bad. I was sitting at my desk at work and felt unbearable pain and by the time I got home (this is gross) it had poped puss and a bit of blood oozed out. After that it felt better but I was still concerned so I went to another doctor for a second opinion. He had taken a look and said I have an anal fistula. It's basically an infected anal gland that had made a tear or tunnel to the exterior of the skin. I had my appointment with him a week ago and I still have pain in the rectum area. I keep a gause in their to collect any secreations that may ooze out. I had asked him if it will heal on it's own and he said I have a 40% chance that it will. The other 60% is what I'm afraid of. He said to soak in a sitz bath ans often as possible. I want to ask anyone out there if they have gone through this agony and did it ever heal on it's own without surgery, if it did how long did it take? Right now I don't have insurance and I just started a new job 2 weeks ago so it will be some time before i get any coverage. I would appreciate any feedback from doctors or personal experiences.
Only very few fistulas heal by themselves and most need surgery.
Other options like fibrin glue or collagen plug to seal the fistula are available.
The duration by which it can heal by itself depends on the underlying cause and whether there is any associated infection with collection of pus inside.
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