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A 27-year-old male asked:
follow up from my question about an abscess will it pop itself?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 20 years experience
Depends: Some abscesses do develop into a sinus tract that allows them to drain on their own. However, the abscess is still present in these cases. Other cases will not drain without treatment and risk pain and swelling. You will need to seek dental treatment in order to get the infection to go away for good.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Once an abscess is drained, will it have to be drained again?
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A Verified Doctor answered
Usually not: Usually not but make sure you follow up with your doctor as recommended.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Multiple reasons: There are multiple causes of spinal cord abscess. The risk factors for spinal infection include:
1. Infection in another location that spreads to the spine (for example - a bladder or kidney infection that then spreads to the spine via the veins)
2. Recent spinal surgery
3. Patient with a compromised immune system (diabetics, smokers, patients with cancer, hiv/aids, patients needing dialysis).
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A 27-year-old member asked:
What are common complications of spinal cord abscess?
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Family Medicine 23 years experience
Grim: Paralysis, transient or permanent, full or partial, sepsis, osteomyelitis to name a few.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
How long after an abscess lance can you return to work ?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
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 the next day, some weeks later.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Help please! is an abscess ER worthy?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Endodontics 18 years experience
Only if severe: If you have an advanced signs such as rapidly progressing ballooning swelling, severe pain, difficulty breathing/swallowing, fever, etc., then you should consider seeing the er. If after hours and these signs are present, the er can possibly give you IV antibiotics and drain the swelling, but they will not provide the definitive care to resolve the abscess such as root canal or extract.
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Last updated Mar 26, 2013
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