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i have a abscess in left breast i had drained and now have to pack with gauze twice a day how long till it should heal and no longer have to pack

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dailey
19 years experience Family Medicine
That depends: It depends on the size of te abscess and how well the infection is clearing. I would say 1-2 weeks would be fairly typical.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Damaged tissue: You have an area of damaged tissue which has been removed surgically and still has inflammation around it and this takes time for tissue to regrow and ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
See a doctor: Cannot tell here what you nay have. It may be as simple as an infection that needs antibiotics. Needs a physical exam. Will need mammogram once the ac ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jehangir Rao
Specializes in Holistic Medicine
Warm compresses: Use warm compresses till you have it checked out by your doctor
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: If you had a pericardial effusion treated by left anterior thoracotomy approach for pericardial window, it will take 2-6 weeks to heal. Pain can take ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Sweat gland infectio: It may not be breast tissue abscess as some times seen after postpartum , most likely it is infection of montagomery gland a type of sweat glands l ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Boling
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Likely: needs surgical incision and drainage to clear the infection at this point, let your doctor know it is not better. Then they can plan the next phase of ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Xrays: X-rays are not the ideal test for evaluation of an abscess or cyst. Soft tissue structures will better be visible using an ultrasound, ct scan or mri ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possibly: If the abscess was chronic calcium deposits may have developed around or within it, but this needs physician evaluation, not possibilities to be explo ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Breast abscess: It sounds like you have a breast abscess related to breast feeding. The milk ducts can get clogged which causes an infection. It can be treated with a ... Read More
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