red lump near ground zero
Hi. My husband has a mysterious lump near his anus. It is about a centemeter to the right. It is not red, not itchy, not painful, and has no visible pus or anything of the like. It's more like a lump under the skin. I am convinced that it's just a lipoma, and that the location is purely coincidental; but he is not convinced. Is there any known condition or anal issue that causes painless, itch-less, non-red, non-irritated lump under the skin near the anus?
Thanks for you help.
Lipomas are benign tumors of fatty tissue. They can be found under the skin in almost any area where there is fatty tissue, but occur on the midsection of the body or the facial area most often--not near the old poop chute. So unless your husband has his head up his ass, I doubt that he has a lipoma in that location.
I would be more inclined to believe that what you have described is a perianal cyst. This is a cyst of the anal duct or gland that is located in the skin just around the anal opening.
Anal duct cysts present most commonly in the third decade of life, and they have a higher incidence in men than in women.
Your husband should take his butt to his doctor to have this excised before it becomes infected and painful.
Thanks for asking Motherload!
Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.