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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Overview)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be several inches in diameter.


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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

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Abscess (Overview)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be several inches in diameter.


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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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Tip)

Treating a Tooth Abscess

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

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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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Tip)

Treating a Tooth Abscess

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

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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 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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