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how long after an abscess lance can you return to work

A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on what kind of work you do, where it was lanced, how large it was, and if there were any complications or surrounding infection. Some i send ... Read More
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Dr. John Thaler
41 years experience Prosthodontics
Depends: Depends on location of abscess. As long as you have it properly bandaged, you should be able to return quickly. Also depends on if your work will inte ... Read More

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Abscess: If it continues to drain then no. Was it cultured? It may be MRSA. See your doctor for guidance. You are right to try and not spread this to your pati ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
3-5 days: It will usually gradually inprove over 3-5 days. If the opening closes before the pus has fully drained it may recur and start getting worse again. ... Read More
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Dr. Todd Campbell
22 years experience General Surgery
Quickly: 7-1o if superficial. Longer it large abscess or extensive soft tissue infection.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Varies but: I usually recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 7-10days and avoiding straddle type activity such as a bicycle for 14+ days or until comfortable.
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Dr. Scott Hacking
18 years experience Family Medicine
Abscess: I would recommend avoiding exercise altogether until symptoms have resolved.
A male asked:
Dr. Keith Thomae
Specializes in General Surgery
10 days: On the average (I've seen 400 of these), while it is healing, it still has an inflammatory mass for 10 days. You will feel this fullness for about 10 ... Read More
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A 3-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
37 years experience Family Medicine
Ask your doctor: It depends on the extent of the infection and how quickly he responds to the antibiotics.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
30 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Healing abcess: 7-10 days. Can resume work in 48-72 hrs s/p surgery.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
I and D: Yes, you need to go back for an evaluation and treatment asap. Most ER's have no dental specialist to treat you. You are better off seeing a dentist ( ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Galiano
39 years experience Periodontics
No: You can cause more damage to yourself.

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