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can you catch an abscess

A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
45 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably not: Really takes more direct contact than this is most cases. Airborne transmission is not common.
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Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not too bad: It is transmissible, but not easily, so odds are will not be a problem.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Open & drain Vs med: Occasionally these respond to a warm compress with spontaneous drainage & oral meds can assist the process but many recur. Those that are large or l ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Ritota
9 years experience Dentistry
Get treatment: Don't fool around, the abcess is most likely causing septicemia, barrels in the blood system that can result in additional illness.
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Tiny vs mid vs large: Tiny abscesses can sometimes resolve with heat applied to the area. The small abscess will come to a head/drain spontaneously & may self heal. Onc ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
33 years experience Internal Medicine
Interesting: Paraspinal abscess is an infection of the area around the spinal cord. If the abscess compresses nerves, it can cause serious neurologic problems inc ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
9 years experience Internal Medicine
Abcess: Depending on where it is, usually, they are drained and may need an antibiotic
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the a ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: Especially if blood becomes infected and seeds other areas of the body.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
50 years experience Dentistry
It depends on site: Drainage of an abscess is (if possible) a good form of initial treatment. If it is not practical to drain it, it must be treated with antibiotics and ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Med tx: Acutually, if a baby has an abscess - that warrants prompt medical attention.

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