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I had an abscess drained about 4 months ago. Is it normal for scar tissue to still be hurting? There's no lump or anything. I don't think new abscess

I had an abscess drained about 4 months ago. Is it normal for scar tissue to still be hurting? There's no lump or anything. I don't think new abscess

Normal: Scar tissue can absolutely be uncomfortable. It may help to massage your scar with lotion daily. Are you concerned there is another abscess forming? If the area is red, increasingly large, hot or tender it is best to see a doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Had an abscess drained from my armpit on 7/20. I still have a hard lump and painful. Could it still be an abscess there or cyst?

Had an abscess drained from my armpit on 7/20. I still have a hard lump and painful. Could it still be an abscess there or cyst?

Residual disease: Well that should be re-examined by the doctor who cut into it. If it was a surgeon, I expect they will do a proper job in re-exploring the area and taking the necessary action. It's possible the abscess arose from an infected cyst, or there could be some undrained portion that wasn't reached in the first procedure. Hopefully you can go back ASAP to get that looked at. ...Read more

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I had my bartholomew abscess drained in the ER about 7 months ago. I healed okay but it still re occurs. How can I be back to normal? No removal

I had my bartholomew abscess drained in the ER about 7 months ago. I healed okay but it still re occurs. How can I be back to normal? No removal

Bartholin's Cyst: If they aren't completely removed, can tend to recur...An option is having a catheter placed that has a small balloon in it to allow your body to make a permanent fistula (bigger permanent hole) that will allow it to drain--it is removed after a while, and hopefully will not become re-infected again. Talk to your gyn about that type of surgical procedure. ...Read more

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I had a abscess drain about a week ago and there still a hard lump where they cut it open. Still taking the meds. Wondering if it normal?

I had a abscess drain about a week ago and there still a hard lump where they cut it open. Still taking the meds. Wondering if it normal?

Yes: It can take a while before softening up, few weeks sometimes.
If you feel unwell or have fever otherwise, this might indicate presence of infection still and you might need to check it out ...Read more

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I had a perineal abscess drained on Monday. Today is Saturday and I’m still seeing a lot puss. Is this normal?

I had a perineal abscess drained on Monday. Today is Saturday and I’m still seeing a lot puss. Is this normal?

No: Incision and drainage followed by antibiotic coverage should have started a significant healing process in 6 days. Contact the MD who did the procedure and get re-examined, especially if you are not taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had a groin abscess that opened and drained on its own. Now no more drainage but still a hard lump.

I had a groin abscess that opened and drained on its own. Now no more drainage but still a hard lump.

Watch and see: It is not uncommon for a lump of scar tissue to remain after an abscess drains itself. If it is not red or painful then it is likely to continue to get better. If it stays the same for more than 2 weeks or if it gets red and sore again please see your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have had my anal abscess drained 1-2 months ago. The wound is still open and is draining, but now there is this severe burning sensation. Infected?

I have had my anal abscess drained 1-2 months ago. The wound is still open and is draining, but now there is this severe burning sensation. Infected?

Could be: There is a possibility you have a fistula. this will need to be addressed for your wound to heal If not improving with conservative management (soaking, Ibuprofen etc) see you surgeon ...Read more

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I just had a bartholin's abscess drained yesterday & am still in excruciating pain. Will clindamycin help clear the infection as well?

I just had a bartholin's abscess drained yesterday & am still in excruciating pain. Will clindamycin help clear the infection as well?

Yes: The main things is getting the cyst drained, but antibiotics can help clear up the infection in surrounding tissue. Soaks in warm water may help it drain and relieve some of the pain. You can also take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for the pain as well. ...Read more

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After getting my abscess drained on my tonsil it still hurts a little to swallow. Is this just normal recovery time? My voice is getting better also

After getting my abscess drained on my tonsil it still hurts a little to swallow. Is this just normal recovery time? My voice is getting better also

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Yes, that sounds like "normal"recovery.
Each and every succeeding day you should be getting better (swelling, pain, fever, voice, etc).
Please take the medication as advised/prescribed, and especially complete the antibiotics course.
In about 7 - 10 days after the procedure you should have recovered back to your normal healthy self.

#GetWellSoon ...Read more

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I had a tooth absess drained by my dentist 4 days ago. I still have a lump on the roof of mouth which is extremely painful. How long till it goes away?

I had a tooth absess drained by my dentist 4 days ago. I still have a lump on the roof of mouth which is extremely painful. How long till it goes away?

Hard to say: Are you on antibiotics? Was root canal therapy started on that tooth, or will it be extracted? The incision and drainage removes much of the infection, but the source of the infection will need to be addressed. Speak to your dentist regarding what treatment is proposed. ...Read more

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Do I need to get an abscess drained?

Do I need to get an abscess drained?

Not necessarily...: Most dental abscesses can be treated with antibiotics and cleansing in some way. At times, dentally, extraction is needed. Since the inception of my dental practice in 1986 we may have had perhaps two dental abscesses drained. ...Read more

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Can getting a peritonsillar abscess drained hurt?

Can getting a peritonsillar abscess drained hurt?

Mildly uncomfortable: With proper local anesthetic, this can be relatively easy to go through. It is done in the office and you will feel much better soon after drainage. The benefits are well worth it. ...Read more

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I had an abscess drained today, is a fever normal afterwards?

No: A fever may indicate that the infection is not controlled. Be reviewed again today. All the best. ...Read more

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Do nerves that have been damaged from mrsa, abscess drained & cellulitis grow back?

Do nerves that have been damaged from mrsa, abscess drained & cellulitis grow back?

Nerve Recovery: Nerve injuries are classified as follows:
a first-degree injury, or neurapraxia, will recover within days after the injury, or it may take up to three months. The recovery will be complete with no lasting muscle or sensory problems.
A second-degree injury, or axonotmesis, also will recover completely; however, the recovery will take much longer than with a first-degree injury. ...Read more

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I had an abscess drained three years ago. It keeps coming back and I have to go to the emergency room to have it drained. I have not gotten any answer?

MD/Dentist: If the abscess is recurring and is located other than in your mouth you need to have an md/pcp do a work up and get a diagnosis. If this is a dental issue then it is from an infected tooth that may or may not have a root canal. The best thing to do in this instance is to see a dentist and get the offending tooth treated. ...Read more

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Bartholin abscess drained but am concerned about germs that caused it?

Bartholin abscess drained but am concerned about germs that caused it?

Normal bacteria: A Bartholin's gland abscess is caused by normal skin bacteria most of the time. Once it has been drained, normal antibiotics should be able to clear it up. ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess drained yesterday and now look like a chipmunk with a very high feve. Why?

I had a tooth abscess drained yesterday and now look like a chipmunk with a very high feve. Why?

Tooth abscess: It's extremely important that you contact the dentist who treated you immediately. The swelling and fever are likely the result of a serious infection that is not yet under control. These things can go downhill very quickly and require immediate attention. It might require further drainage, an increase or change in antibiotics, and certainly careful monitoring! ...Read more

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I've had a lump on a decaying tooth for 3 months it was soft at first but harden, it drains small amounts of puss., can it be a abscess? I'm 21yr

Yes: Sounds like a worsening infection. Get to the dentist right away to have this examined and treated. You are putting yourself in greater danger by waiting. Good luck. ...Read more

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My vulvar abscess drained/busted last night when I was sleeping? Don't need to go to the doctor?

My vulvar abscess drained/busted last night when I was sleeping? Don't need to go to the doctor?

Abscess: If this drained and does not recur it should not necessarily require a doctor's visit. On the other hand, if you have any recurrence, have fever, malaise, persistent discharge, etc, then get seen ASAP. Hope this clears uneventfully. ...Read more

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Had a perianal abscess that was drained by dr 4 years ago. Now the same area is itchy and I can feel lump underneath. No pain. Is it just scarring?

Had a perianal abscess that was drained by dr 4 years ago. Now the same area is itchy and I can feel lump underneath. No pain. Is it just scarring?

May be: Scar tissue. Generally would be enlarging and increasingly painful if there was a recurrent abscess. Sometimes a fistula can form too, but again generally would be painful and having a drainage or discharge. Best to have a doctor examine it for you. ...Read more

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I just had a dental abscess drained yesterday there hasn't been any extra drainage is it safe to smoke cigerettes?

I just had a dental abscess drained yesterday there hasn't been any extra drainage is it safe to smoke cigerettes?

Never again!: Once the dentist drained your dental abscess you can never smoke again. Just think about how much healthier you will be, how much money you will save and how much longer you will live. Take this opportunity to quit smoking. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had an abscess drained on 7/20/17 in my armpit. I need to shower. What can I use to wash my arm pit? Just soap or will that sting?

Had an abscess drained on 7/20/17 in my armpit. I need to shower. What can I use to wash my arm pit? Just soap or will that sting?

Mild soap is fine: Probably won't even sting. But if it does, just rinse well with warm water and it will do almost as much good. Apply a warm compress afterwards if there is any swelling or drainage continuing. ...Read more

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I had an abscess drained 6 days ago from my upper lip. Now I have a rash around the stitches area. What's going on? I'm a little nervous.

I had an abscess drained 6 days ago from my upper lip. Now I have a rash around the stitches area. What's going on? I'm a little nervous.

Rash around sutures: This rash may be a natural reaction to the suture material; however, it may be an allergic reaction; or worse, it may represent burgeoning infection there; since this area was infected, it is worrisome - it should be checked by the doc who worked on you ...Read more

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Had tiny anal cut/perforation turned e coli abscess drained/sutured 2yrs ago. Can I safely have anal sex? Ptsd like fear of getting hurt but miss sex

Had tiny anal cut/perforation turned e coli abscess drained/sutured 2yrs ago. Can I safely have anal sex? Ptsd like fear of getting hurt but miss sex

Take it slow n' easy: There are other forms of sex, you know. But if it is long healed, you should be okay. Use lots of proper lubricant, use condom, take it slow - stretch yourself step by step to avoid tears. Gentle, non sharp or too inflexible insertions only! If you really mean PTSD, take it extra slow to manage anxiety. Take care - have fun. Be safe! ...Read more

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Dime sized hard, red, itchy, painful lump on left breast next to nipple. Has drained some pus and bloody/pus. Cancerous, abscess or something else?

See a doctor: Cannot tell here what you nay have. It may be as simple as an infection that needs antibiotics. Needs a physical exam. Will need mammogram once the acute inflammation resolves. See a doctor asap. ...Read more

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After getting a perianal abscess drained out there is itching in the anus while passing stool. Is it a fistula? My doc said for check up after a month

After getting a perianal abscess drained out there is itching in the anus while passing stool. Is it a fistula? My doc said for check up after a month

Possible: If there is not ongoing drainage from the incision site, then it is possible. If drainage continues, may be from that. Either way, hard to check on your own (!) so better to call dr & get sooner re-check due to concerning symptoms. ...Read more

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Abcess burst on its own. Surrounding lump now flatter, but hard. Not painful or grown any larger. Do I need to see the specialist to drain or cut it o?

Abcess burst on its own. Surrounding lump now flatter, but hard. Not painful or grown any larger. Do I need to see the specialist to drain or cut it o?

Abscesses: Are often loculated. So even if the abscess burst there may be deeper chambers that are still intact. Often your primary care physician can do an incision and drainage. Consult with your doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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I had a armpit boil drained leaving a lump. After the wound healed I heard a popping noise. I think it bursted inside. No pain yet, should I be worried?

I had a armpit boil drained leaving a lump. After the wound healed I heard a popping noise. I think it bursted inside. No pain yet, should I be worried?

NO: These incisions heal from the inside out and the "lump" may be scar formation. Look for these following red flags: heat, pain, redness, swelling or fever. If these occur call your physician ASAP. ...Read more

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I have a boil, red lump w small protruding pus, treat it w warm compress 3x & amoxicillin 2x, the center healed so there's no way to drain, is it ok?

I have a boil, red lump w small protruding pus, treat it w warm compress 3x & amoxicillin 2x, the center healed so there's no way to drain, is it ok?

Boil: The combination of hot compresses and antibiotics may have already helped to decrease the infection causing the boil. Usually it takes more than 2 doses to get rid of the infection. I would continue hot compresses and wait and see if the infection decreases. If it is increasing in size seek medical attention immediately. Keep the area clean and dry if possible. ...Read more

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Can I take my extra bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for an abcess tooth? Cant get to a dentist for atleast five more days. It barely hurts but it is draining. No lump either

Can I take my extra bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for an abcess tooth? Cant get to a dentist for atleast five more days. It barely hurts but it is draining. No lump either

Don't: This is a case where the abscess has fistulated hence the drainage. As long as it is draining, there will be little if any pain.
Bactrim is not used for dental abscesses.
Using warm saltwater rinses will keep the fistula open and draining, preventing the spread of the infection.
At your dental visit they will prescribe and treat as necessary. ...Read more

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Is a tooth abscess cured if it drains? Do I still need to go to my dentist? I had a small bump on my gums, and I was going to make an appointment, but this morning it burst and drained. Didn’t taste too good, but I swished some mouthwash around my mouth,

Is a tooth abscess cured if it drains? Do I still need to go to my dentist? I had a small bump on my gums, and I was going to make an appointment, but this morning it burst and drained. Didn’t taste too good, but I swished some mouthwash around my mouth,

Not cured: The 'bump' on the gums is a draining abscess. The symptoms tend to diminish when the bump opens and lets the fluid (pus) drain. But, the source of the infection is still present...It must be treated to avoid a chronic abscess. ...Read more