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Abcess On Tailbone
I was put on antibiotics for an abscess on my tailbone yesterday, a head formed last night, began draining itself this morning for the past 5 hours?
Spontaneously ruptured an anal abscess 12 days ago... I now have low back pain with a large lump near tailbone. Can this be related.
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
Immediate attention!: Untreated infections can cause serious complications! They can even be life threatening! Toothaches don't go away on their own! Now you have two very good reasons to see your dentist asap! ...Read more
Only if severe: If you have an advanced sign 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 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. ...Read more
Get Immediate Help: Yes, you can die from an untreated abcess whether from a tooth, a cut finger or anywhere else. The abcess indicates infection and the infection left untreated (by draining or by use of antibiotics) can enter your blood stream and cause sepsis — widespread, full-body infections. Get treatment immediately! ...Read more
Infection: An anorectal or perirectal abscess is a painful infection under the skin near the anal opening. Sometimes there can be redness and painful swelling near the anus. Antibiotics may help, and often surgery is needed to open and drain out the infection. Untreated, the infection can enlarge or spread into deeper tissues. ...Read more
See below: Abscess packing can be handled in 2 ways. The packing can be slowly advanced (removed) an inch or 2 each day until it falls out. The abscess packing can be removed and replaced daily. Packing is needed until the abscess is completely drained or the opening is large enough to stay open. When the packing is removed the wound and tissue defect closes and heals. ...Read more
Simple and easy: You should have received instructions and dressings but some simple rules are expect some pain and bleeding in the early stages of healing when removing packing. Removing the packing helps remove some "bad" stuff. Cleanse gently with saline or wound cleanser to minimize damage to healing tissues. Repack loosely to minimize further damage to the wound and keep it covered and protected. ...Read more
Rectal abscess: See a colo-rectal surgeon to determine how involved the abscess is. In addition to antibiotics, it probably will require incision & drainage. Size of the lesion, comorbid factors like diabetes, your general state of health & healing are all factors in how long it will take to go away. ...Read more