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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Overview)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is.


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Hi doctor, how to definition of abscess and scrotal abscess with APA referece?

Hi doctor, how to definition of abscess and scrotal abscess with APA referece?

Homework: Physicians, like parents, do not do homework for their children or their patients. Your question is not appropriate for this forum. You are asking us to teach you science and that is not what we do here. I would suggest you read the chapter in the text book you have been assigned and then answer the question in your own words. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,525 Doctors shared insights

Abscess (Overview)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is.


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How long does an abscess tooth take? I am on my 7th day. I am taking an antibiotic 3 times a day

How long does an abscess tooth take? I am on my 7th day. I am taking an antibiotic 3 times a day

Depends...: On the source of abscess. If it is a periodontal (gum origin) abscess, (meaning that something like a pop corn kernel or nuts, or chips piece is stuck underyr gum line), then after cleaning thoroughly and upon loss of local inflammation, it may go away. But if ur abscess is a tooth/root abscess, then it might be due to root canal infection, or root fracture, and it will come back again! ...Read more

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Abscess (Tip)

Early intervention will prevent further spread of the abscess to neighboring areas. ...See more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Is an itchy anus or rectum also a symptom of an abscess down there?

Is an itchy anus or rectum also a symptom of an abscess down there?

Usually PAIN: Itchy anus often due to hemorrhoids, can be due to worms, skin irritation, fungal skin infection, psoriasis, lichen planus (skin condition), etc. Anal problems can lead to abscess (pus pocket)-generally very painful, with fever; itching would be the least of it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abscess?

What are the symptoms of abscess?

Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the affected part. There may be fever, malaise etc. Depending on the location and size of the abscess. ...Read more

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Abscess (Tip)

Ask what options you have for treatment. The two most likely options are extraction or root canal. ...See more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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If you have a tooth infection but no signs of abscess or pain, is there a problem?

If you have a tooth infection but no signs of abscess or pain, is there a problem?

Yes: Any tooth infection is a problem. We often find bony destruction at the tip of a tooth root in the absence of symptoms. This shows that something has caused the destruction of bone in this area. You have heard of the "calm before the storm" well, this may be it. ...Read more

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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with pelvic abscess. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with pelvic abscess. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Atypical mass on xra: Pelvic abscesses are rare and due to the progression of a prior infection. Usually someone has a high fever, severe abdominal pain, and pain on exam. Masses or collections of pus can be seen on ultrasound or ct exam. Treatment is urgently needed if this is the correct diagnosis. Do not delay seeking treatment if you think you have an abscess. ...Read more

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I have been diagnostic with perianal abscess, currently taking flagyl. I don't have swelling, will the abscess affect my reproductive glands (male), ?

I have been diagnostic with perianal abscess, currently taking flagyl. I don't have swelling, will the abscess affect my reproductive glands (male), ?

No effect: Most perianal absceses are from pilonidal cyts. If the antibiotics such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl don't bring the infection under control then excision or drainage is indicated. These infections do not produce orchitis where impairment of testicular function could happen. ...Read more

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I have a Peritonsillar abscess and I am breastfeeding a baby 15 weeks of age who loves kisses. Can I infect my baby? How do we test him to find out?

I have a Peritonsillar abscess and I am breastfeeding a baby 15 weeks of age who loves kisses. Can I infect my baby? How do we test him to find out?

Protected: Breast feeding your baby is one of the best things you can do to help protect him from infection. Combined with the fact that you are on antibiotics, the risk if transmission is relatively low. Avoid kisses on the face and hands while you are recovering, and take him for evaluation if he shows signs of infection (fever, fussiness, poor nursing, etc) ...Read more

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What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

Clinical examination: There are no specific tests for anorectal abscess. It is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical examination. An ultrasound may facilitate identification of collection of pus in the tissue. ...Read more

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With regard, I want to know about causes of gluteal abscess and what percent of them is related to injection nurse laches?

No association..: There is no direct association between lash of a needle vs another way of inserting it. If the abscess came after needle insertion the cause of the infection is not the fashion the needle was given but rather the opening a needle causes which is open door for infection. This can happen with any type of injection or wound that opens the skin no matter how small or how it happens. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

It can: If the cancer perforates the wall of the colon allowing feces to spill into localized area, an abscess can form. This more commonly happens with diverticulitis but can happen with cancer as well. ...Read more

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What does it mean when abscess goes rock hard? What can happen?

Puss under pressure.: Abcesses are puss under pressure. They get very hard when there is no way for the abcess contents to drain. Generally they will try to break through to an adjacent structure or through the skin to relieve the pressure. If this is not possible they will become rock hard and very painful. Eventually all abcesses rupture and bring great relief, but a scalpel is sometimes helpful. ...Read more

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How is a dental abscess treated?

How is a dental abscess treated?

Semantics: If you mean solved, it means getting to the source of the problem and eliminating it via root canal, extraction, or periodontal treatment, depending on the cause. If you mean reducing the symptoms temporarily, that involves antibiotics. It may be that antibiotics are an essential part of definitive treatment, but in and of themselves, benefits are typically temporary. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating lung abscess?

Are there official recommendations for treating lung abscess?

Drain, antibiotics: The treatment af any abcess regardless of location is drainage and IV antibiotics. Lung abcess sometimes drain into the tracheobronchial tree, sometimes spontaneously drain into the pleura thus causing empyema others require surgical drainage. This is a very serious complication of pneumonia. See your thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for epidural abscess?

Are there good natural treatments for epidural abscess?

No: Epidural abscess is a very dangerous condition and requires IV antibiotics usually with surgical evacuation to prevent paralysis in the spinal areas. ...Read more

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I had abscess near tonsil that was soft. No fever. Pharyngitis. Took antibiotics so got shrink. Is it all cured? Can antibiotics cure abscess? Cult:stph aur

Small Abscesses: The staph aureus culture result suggests the the abscess drained, which is part of the treatment. Small abscesses may respond to antibiotics, but drainage by needle aspiration or scalpel incision may be required. Small peritonsillar abscesses can be treated with clindamycin. If it so large that the uvula is pushed to the side, needle drainage is attempted as well. Drainage alone can be the cure. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of abscesses. I have one at least every week. Of hurts and is totally uncomfortable. I put hot towels and all that but it hurts.

You need a culture: An abcess is an infection of the skin which is almost always caused by a pathogenic bacteria called staphyloccus aureus. It is very contagious, and lives on the skin, and sometimes inside the nose. Someone with abcesses can spread the infection to others. You need to see a skin doctor, and the skin must be cultured to find out the exact kind of staph germ is present then you need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How times should I take cephalexin tablet in curing my abscess?

How times should I take cephalexin tablet in curing my abscess?

Depends: Really depends. Your prescribing doctor needs to decide on that and you should take all the pills until they're gone. If near the skin, the main treatment is drainage if large enough. ...Read more

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If a dental abscess gets hard, what is wrong with it?

If a dental abscess gets hard, what is wrong with it?

Seek help: An abscess, as mentioned by other doctors can appear in many forms and consistencies. Also, the duration of the abscess can mean that it becomes harder as it has been there for awhile. Definitely, seek help. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get anorectal abscess off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get anorectal abscess off and on?

Possibly: Anorectal abscesses may be related to inflammatory bowel disease such as crohns or ulcerative colitis and/or fistulis tracts in the rectal area. This problem can be serious if not treated and should be evaluated by surgical eval and GI eval. ...Read more

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Info on paraspinal abscess?

Info on paraspinal abscess?

Interesting: Paraspinal abscess is an infection of the area around the spinal cord. If the abscess compresses nerves, it can cause serious neurologic problems including paralysis. It can come from an area of adjacent infection or it can be seeded from a distant site via the bloodstream. This is usually a surgical emergency or it can be drained by ct guidance. Iv antibiotics. ...Read more

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What r the risks of removing perianal abscess (full anesthesia surgery) for my 3 mo old boy? He's been on 5 antibiotics and now got 3rd abscess

What r the risks of removing perianal abscess (full anesthesia surgery) for my 3 mo old boy? He's been on 5 antibiotics and now got 3rd abscess

Safe with skilled: This is safe with skilled docs they often heal faster afterward than older kids/adults. Be sure the surgeon takes his/her time looking for a perianal FISTULA, which would be my guess for why this has recurred. The fistula would originate from higher in the bowel & push germs toward the perianal skin. If a fistula is not found, this will recur until it is found and cut out. ...Read more

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Will removing all of my teeth and getting dentures prevent abscesses from ever occurring again?

Will removing all of my teeth and getting dentures prevent abscesses from ever occurring again?

Pretty much: Dentures will not cause abscesses, but can couse ulcerations if not properly and routinely adjusted as needed. However at your age you should consider saving your teeth or getting implants and fixed teeth supported by the implants. See your dentist for evaluation and maybe get a referral to the reconstructive specialist -- the Prosthodontist. Good luck ...Read more

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What are the precautions to avoid lung abscess?

Avoid infections: Lung infections should be aggressively treated with prolonged antibiotic therapu, in pt with chronic suppurative inf. Or immunocompromised pts, it could happen and hard to avoid, . ...Read more

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What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

Open & drain Vs med: Occasionally these respond to a warm compress with spontaneous drainage & oral meds can assist the process but many recur. Those that are large or located near the anal outlet often require incision and drainage. Some can be done in an office & some may require day surgery. ...Read more

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How do I cure an abscess?

How do I cure an abscess?

Get treatment: Don't fool around, the abcess is most likely causing septicemia, barrels in the blood system that can result in additional illness. ...Read more

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Info on paraspinal abscess?

Interesting: Paraspinal abscess is an infection of the area around the spinal cord. If the abscess compresses nerves, it can cause serious neurologic problems including paralysis. It can come from an area of adjacent infection or it can be seeded from a distant site via the bloodstream. This is usually a surgical emergency or it can be drained by ct guidance. Iv antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abscess?

Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the affected part. There may be fever, malaise etc. Depending on the location and size of the abscess. ...Read more

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Will an abscess cause remote pain?

Will an abscess cause remote pain?

Possibly: Especially if blood becomes infected and seeds other areas of the body. ...Read more

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What can be done about an abscess?

What can be done about an abscess?

It depends on site: Drainage of an abscess is (if possible) a good form of initial treatment. If it is not practical to drain it, it must be treated with antibiotics and then the source of the infection must be determined and removed or treated more definitively. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abscess?

Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other. ...Read more