Pimples in the anus: why they appear and how to remove them


The presence of pimples in the anus is a relatively frequent pathology that has different levels of severity depending on its origin and degree of development. Burning, itching, inflammation or pain in the anal and perianal area are some of its symptoms before which a medical consultation will always be necessary to be able to diagnose the causes of the pimples and establish the pertinent treatment.

Pimples in the anus why they appear and how to remove them

Sometimes, the existence of pimples in the anus causes mild discomfort in everyday gestures such as sitting down or having a bowel movement, but in others, it can cause such intense pain that it even makes walking difficult. To this we must add that, appearing in such an intimate area, there are many people who try to put up with these inconveniences without looking for a solution because they feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when talking about it. For this reason, we want to clarify some initial doubts, so we tell you why they appear and how to remove pimples in the anus with medical treatments and natural remedies.

Why do pimples appear in the anus?

The pimples that appear, either in the internal zone of the anus itself or in the perianal area, can have a diverse appearance and a variable evolution. It is important to know why they come out in order to cure them, but also to rule out other pathologies such as hemorrhoids, or warts or nodules that could be indicative of benign or malignant tumors. Among the main causes of pimples in the anus , the most common are:

Alteration or obstruction of a gland

Inside the anal canal there are a series of glands that perform different functions, including keeping the area properly lubricated to facilitate evacuation. Different reasons, mainly the presence of microorganisms of bacterial origin , can cause these glands to become infected or obstructed, causing a perianal abscess that appears in the form of a ‘cavity' or purulent grain.


Sometimes pimples that appear in the perianal area and even on the genitals can be due to an inflammation of the hair follicles of the hair in the area. A defective shave, which has caused a small wound, can be the trigger for the pimple. Folliculitis can also be seborrheic, that is, have its origin in an accumulation of fat or moisture in the area. It usually occurs, for example, when wearing too tight and poorly breathable underwear.


Any infection, viral or bacterial, that can originate in the anus or in the perianal area can cause pimples. It is also common for them to occur when there is an internal infection , such as a urine infection. Adequate hygiene, in these cases, is essential to prevent this type of pathology.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Especially if unprotected anal sex is practiced, the appearance of pimples in the anus can be a symptom of some type of infection. The human papillomavirus (HPV) or those included in the group of poxviruses (which trigger what is known as molluscum contagiosum) can cause pimples to appear.


It is not a very frequent cause, but allergies and intolerances, especially food ones, can manifest themselves in the form of skin conditions, also in the perianal area.

Crohn's disease

As we have indicated, the presence of pimples in the anus should always lead to a consultation with a specialist because it can be a symptom of diseases that affect the digestive system and, more specifically, the intestine. Especially if other symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or fever are added to the pimples in the anus, the cause must be found because it could be an undiagnosed Crohn's disease.


A fistula is a pathology that basically occurs when there is an abnormal connection between the skin of the rectum and the inside of the anus. It is a small fissure through which pus, bloody or even fecal elements find their way out. These substances can also be stored forming an abscess, which must be treated as soon as possible.

Skin pathology

Sometimes, a pimple in the anus is just that, a pimple, exactly the same as the one that can appear in another part of our body or even on the face. Pruritus can also occur in the perianal area, small pimples without pus that cause itching. It is a harmless skin condition that is usually treated with simple topical remedies .

How to cure pimples in the anus – Medical treatment

A common treatment applicable to all types of pimples cannot be established, because this will always depend on various factors, but in general, medical treatments to cure pimples in the anus are divided into:


When the doctor determines that the cause of the appearance of a painful pimple is a bacterial infection , he will most likely prescribe a treatment based on antibiotics that manage to combat and eliminate it. It can be an ingested medication or a topical ointment. All this accompanied by the essential measures of extreme hygiene that avoid reinfections.

Sewer system

Especially in cases where the pimple appears as a painful abscess with a significant amount of accumulated pus, it may be necessary to make a small incision, using surgical methods, to allow drainage of the affected area to remove it thoroughly and safely. any remaining infection and pus.


In pimples in the anus caused by fistulas or by obstruction of any of the glands of the anus, surgery may become the most recommended option to eliminate the pimple at the root and tackle the problem at its origin.

Pimples can also appear in the intimate area and cause a lot of discomfort. In our article How to cure pimples on the vulva we tell you how to relieve them and eliminate them quickly.

Home remedies for pimples in the anus

If you notice an inflamed area in the anus or perianal area, you should pay maximum attention to its evolution and possible symptoms, going to the doctor if necessary.

Anyway, if it's just a pimple and it bothers you, there are also some home remedies that can relieve them without posing any risk. Among the most recommended are:

Sitz baths

In the bidet, in a basin or directly in the bathtub, try putting warm water – hot and a handful of coarse salt. This simple preparation is perfect for soaking the area where you have the painful pimple. Not only will you carry out the necessary cleaning, but also, the hot water has a dilating effect that relieves the area and can help the pimple to drain on its own. After the bath, you have to dry very well and remove any secretions with the help of a sterilized gauze. NOTE: make sure it is a grain and not a pile. In case of hemorrhoids, hot water sitz baths are not recommended .

Essential oils

Aloe vera and tea tree are two essential oils that, due to their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties , are especially recommended as natural remedies for pimples in the anus.

After cleaning the area, apply a few drops of any of these oils, always diluted in a neutral oil, with the help of gauze or cotton. As neutral oil you can use, for example, olive oil. Let act a few minutes and remove. You will notice the improvement in a few days.

Chamomile poultice

Again, it is the anti- inflammatory properties of this plant that make it a good remedy to relieve pimple discomfort. Make an infusion of chamomile, let it cool and soak some gauze or cotton cloth with it. Apply for a few minutes on the affected area. The discomfort will be reduced and also the inflammation.

If, in addition to pimples on the anus, you also have pimples on the buttocks, in this article we will tell you how to get rid of pimples on the buttocks and what you can do to keep the skin in the area clean of imperfections.

How to avoid pimples in the anus

It is true that genetics influences and there are people who seem to have a greater predisposition to suffer from this pathology, but as a general rule, some healthy practices and habits can help avoid pimples in the anus .

  • Extreme hygiene measures in the intimate area to prevent any possible infection caused by external agents. Take special care when using public toilets.
  • Wear comfortable and breathable underwear. Clothes that are too tight and in fabrics that retain sweat and/or moisture could favor the appearance of pimples.
  • Follow a balanced diet that does not lack a sufficient amount of fiber, essential to avoid problems such as constipation that may be related to the appearance of fissures and pimples in the anus (and also hemorrhoids).
  • Dry the genital area very well after a swim in the sea or in the pool to avoid the presence of moisture and do not stay longer than necessary with the wet swimsuit on.
  • Use protection (condom) in your sexual relations.


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