So glad I found this site. I am somewhat of an anal abscess veteran having survived three prior attacks over the past thirty-odd years. . . Usually I just let it run its course, but that can take up to a week to ten days. Not wanting to have to wait things out suffering this time, I Googled "anal abscesses" and it led me here. Thanks be to God.
I read the entire thread and decided there wasn't much to lose, so off I set out for Wal-Mart (driving on one butt-cheek the (w)hole way). I procured the recommended items, and hurried back home, anxious to give it a whirl.
I took a nice 30 minute long soak in the tub, with the water at 110 degrees, before applying the magic poultice with a wad of cotton balls. I then packed in a large gauze pad, which obligingly stayed in place by the friction of my butt-crack alone. I followed up by commandeering one of my wife's feminine pads and securing it to my shorts with its self-adhesive tape. It took a couple of attempts to get it aligned just right, but I persevered. Finally I put on a pair of loose-fitting shorts, then retired to the boudoir to wait for the magic to happen.
I didn't expect anything to happen right away, and I was right. Just a kind of warm grittiness, and of course the relentless painful throbbing of the blasted "thing" itself. I placed a beach towel under where I was lying, just in case. I went to sleep.
I woke up several times in the night from my restless sleep and tightened my sphincter muscles to test the pain threshold, but alas, each time, I could tell the damn thing still hadn't burst.
Finally, just after dawn I awoke with a coughing fit and realized the pain and pressure were hardly there and there was a wetness down there! Yay! It worked! I felt like a new man.
I got cleaned up, fetched another of my wife's feminine pad things (and some clean underwear of course), and just to be on the safe side, two pair of loosely fitting shorts. I feel wonderful and so glad to have this thing behind me (no pu n).
All I can say is my heart-felt thanks go to this site, and if anyone is sitting on the fence (not that one could with this affliction), wondering if this cure is worth it, just do it. You won't regret it.