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I developed a fistula when I was about 15 years old. One night I woke up due to a sharp pain at the base of my tailbone. and felt the abscess. It wasn't diagnosed until I was 32 about 3 years ago because other than that one sharp pain and the odd blister that was back there, it never bothered me again.
It occurred at the very top of the groove between the buttocks.
Unfortunately, in the past 4 years or so, the fistula has begun to leak profusely. It's almost as if it "sweats" and I can feel the fluid at the very top of the buttock where the fistula is leaking down into the rest of the buttock groove. Because of it, I leave a noticeable odor on any chairs that I sit in, and develop wet stains on all of my pants near the top. The stain is noticeable on my pants and embarrassing, so now I only where dark clothing. The odor is even more noticeable, as it lingers on my clothing. I notice it every time I get up from a sitting position. If I notice it, others must notice it too, and it is incredibly embarrassing.
I have tried:
1) Powder - the powder quickly congeals and does not stop the odor or "sweating"
2) Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly - temporary solution ineffective after about an hour or two. Odor and wetness occur, only slightly delayed.
3) Bundled tissues/toilet paper - this works sometimes, but the bundled tissue shifts and moves throughout the day and does not stay on or over the fistula
4) Body spray - unfortunately the odor of the fistula discharge is stronger.
Does anyone have any suggestions for concealing odor and wetness? It will be some time before I can go in for surgery.
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