Effective Home Remedies for Managing Perianal Abscesses Naturally

| Modified on May 31, 2023
Turmeric for a Perianal Abscess

Perianal abscesses, a painful and potentially dangerous condition, can be effectively treated at home using natural remedies. Home remedies like turmeric, vitamin C, honey, and sitz baths have shown promise in alleviating the discomfort caused by perianal abscesses. Consistent use of these remedies can be beneficial.

Many people prefer these natural remedies over surgery, which can be costly, inconvenient, and may even cause incontinence. If you're looking for a boil near anus home remedy, consider incorporating turmeric, vitamin C, honey, and sitz baths into your treatment routine for perianal abscesses. These remedies offer an alternative surgical intervention approach and can often relieve symptoms without the associated risks.

What Are Perianal Abscesses?

Perianal abscesses are pus-filled sacs that develop in the tissues near the anus, typically resulting from bacterial infections when anal glands become blocked. Symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, and in severe cases, fever and chills. These abscesses can impede daily activities such as sitting or bathroom use, hence the need for effective treatment.

Home Remedies for Perianal Abscesses

Several natural home remedies have been used successfully in managing perianal abscesses. These include:


Known for its natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can be used both orally and topically to aid healing.

Internal Use

Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to honey, yogurt, or milk and consume four times daily. Or if you have quality turmeric capsules, you can take 2 of these four times a day instead. Turmeric may be constipating to some, which will not be helpful for an abscess! Be sure to consume plenty of water in your diet.

Topical Use

Turmeric can be mixed with water to make a paste to apply to the abscess. Rinse and reapply every 6-12 hours. You can mix it with honey instead of water, as honey is also helpful for an abscess.

Vitamin C

An abscess is an infection. Vitamin C will support your immune system and help fight infection. It is also necessary for wound healing. Sodium ascorbate is easy on the system. You may be able to tolerate 1,000 mg four times a day. If you begin to get diarrhea, cut back the amount.


A natural antibacterial agent, honey promotes wound healing. Raw honey, like Manuka honey, is highly recommended.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a potent infection extractor. Apply a paste of the clay and water to the wound to draw out the infection. Rinse and reapply every 12 hours.

Wound Care and Hygiene for Perianal Abscesses

Maintaining optimal wound hygiene is crucial in preventing further infection. Sitz baths using Epsom salt, the use of a peri bottle for cleanliness after bowel movements, and a sanitary pad to protect your clothing from ointments and drainage can all be helpful.

Dietary Adjustments for Perianal Abscess Management

A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods and sugars can support your body's healing process. Keeping well-hydrated and avoiding constipation is also beneficial.

Warning Signs of Complications

While home remedies can be effective, monitoring your condition for any signs of worsening, such as fever, increased pain, or red streaks radiating from the abscess, is crucial. These symptoms might suggest an escalating infection or possible sepsis requiring immediate medical attention.


Though natural remedies can be highly effective in managing perianal abscesses, it's essential to stay vigilant for any warning signs and seek medical help if needed. Regularly using these remedies, proper hygiene, and a healthy diet can significantly aid healing.

Keep reading to discover the remedies Earth Clinic readers have found helpful for treating perianal abscesses! We'd love to hear about your experiences and any other remedies you've found useful in managing perianal abscesses.

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Dietary Changes

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Posted by Cindy (Sanbornville, Nh) on 10/29/2012

Hi. I just found this site. Terrific! I've been looking for a place to tell my story. About 1.5 years ago I had a (very, very painful) fistula. I went to the doctor, then to the surgeon. Everyone recommended - no insisted - surgery was the only answer. But using a combo of witch hazel (poured on the toilet paper) for "cleaning" and unrefined coconut oil for "lubing", the thing went away. It stopped bothering me pretty quick after the abscess broke, but it wasn't until I went back for my annual physical the following year I got confirmation it was gone.

Jennifer from Sunrise, FL said witch hazel and coconut oil. And I agreed with everything else she suggested: sitz baths, elevating feet for bowl movements, fiber, etc. Vit. E is also great.

IMO - you must eat fiber! I "make" black beans every few days by pouring boiling water into a thermos with 1/4 cup of dry beans. (Goodwill often has them cheap. ) It takes a good few hours and sometimes you need to dump water out and refill with more boiling water. Depends on amount of beans, size of thermos, and how good the thermos is. Experiment. If not done, just wait or add new water. Anyway. Very inexpensive and healthy. No waste as I only make enough for two days (and I don't eat them everyday - some days I eat a Kale mixture. ) I mix them with a little spag sauce and some spices and occasionally cheese - pretty tasty. I only eat a quarter cup of beans, so it's not a big amount. If I am not in the mood, I still eat it -like medicine.

With fistulas - until they go in to do the surgery, they can't be 100% sure it's a fistula. So, of course, I was "misdiagnosed". But that's my story. I guess both can be in different areas - maybe harder to treat areas. Good luck with your healing!

Replied by Bren
(Denver CO)

I need help. I've had this anal abscess, fistula for over 9 years.. I'm afraid of the surgery and recovery. I will try these remedies. If there's are other remedies please share. Thank you.

Epsom Salts

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Posted by Lisa (New Zealand) on 01/01/2007

Epsom salts, homeopathic hepar sulph 30c, hot baths , hot compresses and toning. Combination sorted out a huge and exceptionally painful abscess on my butt near my bumhole.

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How long did it take?

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Don (Canada) on 05/15/2020 2 posts

I am suffering a peri anal abscess for two months. The Doctor gave me antibiotics that did nothing. I am taking the Hydrogen Peroxide therapy and am up to 20 drops. It is helping with arthritis in my spine, but the abscess is still discharging. I have even started putting an onion slice on the wound to help draw it out. I need advice pls how to make it heal... thanks Don

Replied by Sheena

Try mixing turmeric powder with coconut oil and applying it to the abscess 3 times a day after having an epsom salt sitz bath. It is helping me. Good luck.


I've got turmeric gel tabs with rose hip and coconut oil alongside oil of oregano and castor oil. Can I mix it into a poultice and take some orally as well? I've got a perianal abscess that has come back up a second time after the first back around 4 months ago. I don't want to go to the e.r again for the expense cost when God and his green earth is all I should need. Please help, the pain is on the verge of being unbearable.


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Posted by Kasra (Tehran, Iran) on 12/26/2011

I had a perianal abscess, I went to doctor and he prescribed me cephalexin 500 every 6 hours and I tried it for one week. The pain subsided, but the abscess stayed the same size. Then when I first tried turmeric I was worried about surgery and honestly I didn't think that it would help me with this abscess but miraculously the abscess got smaller day by day and after one week it gone totally.

Thank you earth clinic for this wonderful web site and everyone else for sharing such great priceless experiences.

Replied by Cari

Perineal Abscess advice?

I am so hoping to avoid surgery or lancing again. This is the third abscess I've had in three years (weirdly about exactly a year apart) and I am hoping to cure it with turmeric, oregano oil and colloidal silver. I was encouraged to find some success stories. If anyone has anything to add that helped them I would appreciate it.

Replied by Stephen

I've always been 100% healthy until May of 2017 when I developed a perianal abscess. Of course, I didn't know that's what it was until I couldn't eat, sleep, or move without being in excruciating pain. I went to the urgent care and got an MRI and was brough to the hospital for incision and drainage. After thinking that was the end of it and having to pack the wound for several months, IT CAME BACK.

After a hot epsom salt bath one morning it burst on it's own and I went back to the surgeon for more follow-up. he prescribed more antibiotics, etc until the thing kept flaring up. I went in for a second surgery to see what was going on in there with the possibility of a fistulotomy. My surgeon said he cleaned out the hyper granulation tissue and found an enormous clump of ingrown hair within the wound bed that he removed. This time my wound was much bigger and began packing it all over again.

After 2 months my surgeon said stop packing it and let it heal everything is looking good when all of the sudden... it flared up again. I was able to push near the area and the exudate was bloody, thick, and stringy. My surgeon then said, "it's just not healing right because of the location.. there's nothing in there, " and sent me to a wound care specialist.

Since going to the wound care specialist and apply Biotine on gauze pads to the area 2-3 times a day the wound has SIGNIFICANTLY gone down in size, but once a week the area still flares up and I'm able to push and massage bloody stringy pus out of it in the shower--it seems to get better, and then returns with less severity every 1-2 weeks.

I feel like I have tried so many things including Tumeric pills, garlic pills, wild oregano pills... nothing stops the flare ups. I have been reading recently about colloidal silver and the benefits all across the spectrum of adding this as a supplement orally but that you can also apply it topically. I have not seen any "success stories" for perianal abscess wounds w/the possibility of it being a fistula or some freak ingrown hair on hairy Italian man using honestly.. ANYTHING except for traveling to India to get it treated there and that's out of the question. The time and money would bankrupt me. Is there anyone who has found relief without reoccurrance using colloidal silver as an option?

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Stephen, what you are describing sounds like it might be a pilonidal cyst, which means “nest of hair”. During puberty tiny holes form in the cleft and hair migrates into the holes, over time it accumulates and a cyst forms around them. Eventually infection can set in. You did not mention your age. These seem to occur most often in the late teens to early twenties. I think it may be related to hormones. No one really knows for sure. Some people think it has to do with sitting too much or poor hygiene, which is baloney. Nothing lasts forever and eventually this will wear itself out. Try not to worry.

Some people are able to manage their flare ups with tea tree essential oil, applying it to the site or into one of the little cleft holes. It can burn so you can dilute it with a carrier oil such as mct oil or jojoba oil. Do not put it on an open wound! It is for the in between times when your skin has healed and you get that dreaded feeling of a storm brewing down there. A nice ointment to apply when it is open is calendula cream which will promote healing. Get some of those oversized bandaids and some gauze squares and put a little cream on the gauze to place over the open site.

I know someone who had a procedure done here in the U.S. where a general surgeon somehow inserted a small rubber tubing through the cyst then down and out through one of the sinus holes and sutured the ends of the tube so that it made a loop. He instructed the patient to flush water all around the site and tubing when showering. I think the tubing was to keep everything open and draining. The tubing was left in place for 4 to 6 weeks to allow everything to calm down and then it was removed. The site healed and that was that. I am sorry I do not know the name of this procedure.

When you have a flare up you really have no choice but to take the antibiotics. But taking the antibiotics throws you farther out of balance and it is tough to break the cycle.

Good health originates in the gut so let's start there. I suggest you get a few bottles of probiotic capsules and work up to taking them two or three times a day, rotating with different brands, and/or eating fermented foods with every meal; think condiment sized portions. You can find fermented pickles and sauerkraut in the refrigerated cases at the grocery store. There are many others such as miso, kefir, and kombucha.

The other thing that can really help improve digestion is adding bitters to your diet. There are many bitter foods or teas, or you can get liquid bitters, which are available in small spray bottles that are easy to carry with you. It is suggested that you put some of the bitter liquid on your tongue 20 minutes prior to a meal, but if you forget you can take them during or after your meal and some people even take them at bedtime. Best to take around your big meal. The bitters cause bile to be released and this will help you break down your fats. Read up on the benefits of digestive bitters, an old time remedy.

If you want to do even more you can get some digestive enzyme capsules to take with some of your meals. A lot of our foods today are really just food-like and can be difficult for the body to break down. These are especially helpful when you are eating away from home.

Another suggestion would be to take a supplement called serrapeptase, which is an enzyme that can break down cysts and promote healing. You need to take it when your stomach is empty or else it will work to break down the food in your system. If you can manage to take it three to four times per day it will work faster. This can be tricky. You could take it at bedtime and first thing in the morning, then wait an hour to eat. I have read that it can take up to three months before the first sign that it is working, so be patient. It is available in different concentrations so look into it and decide which might be best for your situation.

Maybe you have an active lifestyle already. If not, try to incorporate walking into your day, two miles at least five days a week. Movement improves digestion and gets your lymphatic system moving, which carries waste out of your body.

I have read a lot about this condition and do not know about colloidal silver resolving it. But I don't know everything and anything is possible. I think you have to get to the root cause, which I suspect might be a hormonal imbalance. I have found that any type of skin disorder tends to point to the gut, so that is a good place to start.

I am sorry you are having to go through this, but hang in there and things will get better in time.

Replied by Janet

From reading Teds remedies, I think MRSA, or Staph.
Reading through this chapter, if it were me, this would be my approach.
I would make 2 solutions, 1 cup Apple Cider vinegar 1 cup spring water, add 1 capful of Hydrogen peroxide. In a coffee can or a diaper wipe container, cut a paper towel roll in 1/2, put in container add liquid, you might need to double or triple the liquid as it depends on the absorbency of the paper towels. This is your cleaning solution. I would keep a different coffee can with lid under sink. to toss these wipes. they cannot be flushed.

Ted says chlorine bleach is an option, 1 part water, 1 part bleach. I am allergic to it and cannot use it.

I also might make Mama to Many's, charcoal poultice. See her video. To draw off the infection.

Teds further advice uses 100ppm Colloidal Silver.

You have had it for awhile, Teds internal recommendations, manganese and zinc. Organic baby ointment with zinc topically, maybe while you sleep might help.

Another good homemade ointment to use. Milk of Magnesia, with only 2 ingredients mag. and purified water, no flavoring. Pour a cup into a clean glass bottle. Add 2 tbsp castor oil. you could open a capsule or 2 of zinc in this mix. This stains it absorbs fairly quick then you could wipe away residue. Other ingredients that you might add, depending on the tenderness of the wound. Tummeric or Tea Tree Oil.



Replied by Marsh57

I hope you were able to avoid surgery. I had a hemorrhoid combined with an abscess. By the time the doc saw it, he said another day or two it would be gangrene, so off to surgery that day. Since, I've felt the colorectoral surgeon botched my bum. Fast forward 7 years, I think the tissue has become 'overgranulation tissue'. Over the past 9 months, it feels like paper cuts occur after going to the restroom. Tried tea tree with coconut oil. It works but not for long. After application if there's any sweating after exercise or sitting at work desk, it can worsen. I have a bidet and use it after every restroom visit so hygiene is very good. Any recommendations for this would be appreciated.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)

I would go after that with comfrey. Problem with comfrey is wounds heal sometimes too fast for any infection to drain before skin gets repaired . Nicknamed knitbone. My favorite healing oil is castor oil, messy but goes deep and kills pain, infections, and restores all. Nicknamed palm of Christ.

Replied by Alan

I can tell you forgot raw veggies in your life for a long time! ...if you want to feel great Become a raw vegies and fruit RAW RAW RAW leave everything else for 20 days you will be reborn!

Replied by Maria del Carmen
(Dallas, TX)

How do you think Karen from Iran took the turmeric in 2011 for a perianal abscess? I am helping a 65 year old man who is uninsured and certainly does not have money for surgery. Please share and thanks so much.

Maria del Carmen

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She could have mixed the turmeric with a little olive oil and applied the mix to a folded piece of cotton material and then applied the folded cloth over the abscess and fixed it in place with tape or by wrapping it with something like an Ace bandage to hold it in place for hours at a time. She then likely changed the dressing twice a day and cleaned the abscess thoroughly each time and repeated the process each day until the abscess was gone, but I'm just guessing what she might have actually done.


Replied by Zubin
(Mumbai, Maharashtra)

Can you please share exact dosage and duration of course of medication you took? Also from where should I get this medication?

EC: It was the turmeric that helped, not the antibiotic.

Turmeric, Coconut Oil

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Posted by Sheena (UK) on 05/28/2020

I developed a perianal abscess which was very painful, swollen and red. I mixed a paste of turmeric and coconut oil and applied it to the abscess. Hours later it burst providing instant relief. I am continuing to apply turmeric & coconut oil 3 times a day following sitz epsom salt baths. To my relief it appears to be healing the abscess with noticable improvement each day. Seems to be a miracle!

Replied by Innocent Onyegbule

I have a perianal abcess near my anus. I don't want an operation and I want to treat it naturally, also how can I get turmeric in Nigeria?