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I have multiple large abdominal abscesses. 3 have been drained but i am nauseous and in pain. will the 4 remaining go away with antibiotics or must they be drained as well?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria to form an abscess (collection of pus/infection). When this happens, you may need to see a medical provider who may need to prescribe you antibiotics or incise and drain the abscess. Some home remedies may include a warm compress and ibuprofen.
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Complicated: Sorry - this is way too complicated a q to be able to provide any substantive advice. Depends on location/size/prior response, your medical history, etc. (sorry) - better bounce this one to your medical team.
Dr. Anna Flor Salcedo
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Most likely: Antibiotics works better with drainage of abscess.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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