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is it ok to put ice on a skin abscess

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Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Not ideal approach. For a skin abscess, especially on the face to heal, one needs the CD8 immunocytes circulating in the blood stream to identify the ... Read More

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Cool packs: A cool pack can definitely provide symptomatic relief to reduce inflammation however try not to apply ice directly onto the surface of the abscess
Dr. Karen Butler
20 years experience Family Medicine
You would be better : You should use heat to bring that infection up and out
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Need follow-up: Tough to say what is normal or not normal over computer. After an i&d, the area may be larger. Best is to call the provider, and get a re-check on t ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
36 years experience General Surgery
Maybe: Hard to say without actually seeing the wound, when an abscess is drained there is a cavity under the skin which was previously occupied by pus. Would ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: If you feel well you can exercise with a skin abscess. Avoid traumatizing the involved area.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on the size and depth of the abscess, whether or not there is surrounding cellulitis and on the infection organisms. With the usual small ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Diabetic conditions or immune disorders can increase risks. Some people have unknown reasons with aggressive cystic acne or hidradenitis causing recur ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Kroumpouzos
31 years experience Dermatology
Pus: Pus collection in the skin.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
You should be: checked for systemic disorders such as diabetes or MRSA infection. You need a doctor to figure it out for you.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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How large?: It depends how large and how deep the abscess is. If it is large and needs an operation then it will take longer than 1 week. If it is small, one we ... Read More
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