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Ask the French: Probably more important to get that darned thing drained so you don't develop serious complications. And as far as being "contageous, "you've probably got residual inflammation for a few days after it is drained, so as long as you don't cough in someone's face or do any French kissing you won't pass it on. It may recur if no antibiotics are taken (or even with) so keep an "eye" on it for a while ...Read more
I was wondering if a peritonsillar abscess is contagious and if so what's the likelyhood my toddler will get it if exposed.
I am on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for MRSA I've been on it for 10 days and abscess is gone am I still contagious?
Skin Infection: Nope. Not likely.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a boil/abscess under my arm. Doc was unable to express anything to test whether it was MRSA, etc. Are boils contagious? I'm worried about my kids getting MRSA. Can they be tested or should they be treated to prevent them from getting it?
Yes and no: We find in excess of 60% of these boils/abscesses have MRSA and routinely treat them as such without culture. The MRSA germ is prevalent & your kids are as likely to get it from the shopping cart or school contacts as they would with being around you. If they have no issues, I find little reason to look for it. MRSA is not AIDS or EBOLA, the whole issue is overhyped. ...Read more
I have a boil like lump on leg small but hurts alot what is it do u think it's contagious are boils contagious before the pus comes out I'm scared?
Keep area clean: The boil on the leg should be kep clean and washed daily. The are is not contagious if it is covered and washed appropriately. If the area grows increases in redness and pus continues to drain would recommend visiting an urgent care for possible drainage and antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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. ...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
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