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Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Depends: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious complication of an acute tonsillitis. It is not that the abscess is contagious, but that the etiology of the tonsillitis, if is viral or bacterial can be contagious. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

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) ...Read more


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How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

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

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I was wondering if a peritonsillar abscess is contagious and if so what's the likelyhood my toddler will get it if exposed.

Be careful: The bacteria that are causing your abscess can be transmitted to others through your saliva. Do not share food or drinks and do not kiss on or near the mouth of your children. Wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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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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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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

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How to ease abscess pain for a baby?

Med tx: Acutually, if a baby has an abscess - that warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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What should I do for abscess I popped?

What should I do for abscess I popped?

Find a dentist: The abcess was likely be caused by a bad tooth or nerve. This has to be addressed by a dentist, it will not heal on its own, nor can you permanently treat it in any way. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have abscess?

Could it be something bad if I have abscess?

Painful infection: An abcesses is a localized painful infection amd can be treated easily with minor incision amddrainage. There will be discharge forva few days until infection resolves and it will leaveca scar. ...Read more

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Can you pop an abscess on gum?

Can you pop an abscess on gum?

An abscess: Is a manifestation of infection. It can go to the bloodstream and can adversely affect especially the ones with compromised immune system. Please see your dentist so you can get proper attention. ...Read more

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Could oral sex cause an abscess?

Could oral sex cause an abscess?

Yes, but....: Oral sex can transmit genital herpes to the mouth resulting in a abscess like lesion in the soft tissue of the mouth. The chances of it causing a tooth's nerve related abscess are highly unlikely. ...Read more

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Does appendicitis cause any abscess?

Does appendicitis cause any abscess?

Pus Happens: Abscesses are often associated with appendicitis, especially after perforation. They may manifest itself with the initial episode or (even) weeks after an appendectomy. Treatment requires drainage (usually via radiologic guidance) and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do a cyst and an abscess differ?

How do a cyst and an abscess differ?

Several: A cyst is a lesion that has an inner cavity lined with epithelial cells
abscess means the presence of pus.
A chronic cyst may become acute (infected) at which time the central cavity fills with pus.
This is then referred to as an abscess. ...Read more

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Help please! Is an abscess ER worthy?

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

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Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Yes: The treatment of choice for an abscess is general incision and drainage, however abscesses can resolve on their own without medical intervention. The usual progression is swelling to the point of spontaneous eruption, drainage, then gradual resolution. ...Read more

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What cause abscess on the vaginal area?

Infection: Abscess is an infected pocket of fluid in a enclosed area most often. Most often injury, infection or trauma can cause them to develop. ...Read more

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Could abscesses disappear on their own?

Not likely: While other infections can be cleaned and healed by our immune system, abscesses are like a cyst = walled off and resistant to the normal immune response ...Read more

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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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How long until my abscess stops draining?

Abscess where?: Need more information to answer intelligently.

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What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

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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What's the difference between abscess and tmj?

What's the difference between abscess and tmj?

Pus: An Abscess is a collection of pus. Can be anywhere in the body. TMJ is a diorder of the jaw joint and associatd structures. ...Read more

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How to alleviate abscess related toothaches.?

Treat the teeth: Have your local dentist treat the rotting teeth and your problems will become a memory. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more