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How long after an abscess lance can you return to work ?

How long after an abscess lance can you return to work ?

Depends: Depends on what kind of work you do, where it was lanced, how large it was, and if there were any complications or surrounding infection. Some i send the next day, some weeks later. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I got an abscess lanced. I went for a wound check up and they decided not to repack it and I'll just pull some out each day and cut it is that normal?

 I got an abscess lanced. I went for a wound check up and they decided not to repack it and I'll just pull some out each day and cut it is that normal?

Depends: It depends how deep the abscess is and if it is loci later or not. The wiser coarse is to see your doc and follow your symptoms to make sure that your infection does not recur. ...Read more

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I had an abscess lanced and packed 2 days ago in ER by a PA. The abscess is even bigger and more painfull! Is it possible she overpacked it?

I had an abscess lanced and packed 2 days ago in ER by a PA. The abscess is even bigger and more painfull! Is it possible she overpacked it?

Abscess : Often abcess can have multiple septa and the PA may not have broken all of them and you may have a cavity that is growing. Increasing pain and size is concerning. Based on location you may need a formal surgerical intervention. Best of seek care and see if a surgeon can examine and determine what need to be done. Abx are needed for a short duration of the abcess is opened up. ...Read more

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I just had an abscess lanced at the emergency room, but my face is even more swollen and red and the abscess is still there. Is this normal?

Abscesses/Cellulitis: An abscess is a collection of pus usually from a bacterial infection. When an abscess is lanced the collection of pus is released, but the bacterial infection, in this case *cellulitis, can probably still be there with the symptoms. Antibiotics usually resolve this and pus exits through the wound as the condition resolves. Local care with soap and water is recommended. No improvement, see PCP. ...Read more

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I had an abscess lanced 2 days ago near my groin area. It doesn't hurt much but it's still draining like crazy. I was told to remove the packing?

I had an abscess lanced 2 days ago near my groin area. It doesn't hurt much but it's still draining like crazy. I was told to remove the packing?

Wound care: It's true that you don't want to leave packing in place for too long-it will start to smell and become really grungy, so it must be changed. If it's already been 2 days, it REALLY needs to be changed now, particularly if it's foul. I hope they gave you some gauze or something to replace the packing with. Otherwise I would call right away for proper wound management. You don't want to neglect it. ...Read more

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The morning after having an abscess lanced, is it normal for area to be sore?

Yes: An abscess is accompanied by inflammation. The drainage removes fluid (pus) associated with an infection, but the inflammation remains for a while after the drainage procedure. In fact, the drainage can cause more inflammation. Pain is a typical sign/symptom of inflammation. It should subside in a short time. ...Read more

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Had a abscess lanced on my face yesterday, right above my lip the size of a silvr dollr. Should it still be swollen, red, hard and have puss coming out ?

Had a abscess lanced on my face yesterday, right above my lip the size of a silvr dollr. Should it still be swollen, red, hard and have puss coming out ?

Abscess swelling: It will take more than one day for the drainage and swelling to so side. If the situation worsens, or if it doesn't improve after 3-5 days, let your physician know. Warm soaks may be helpful. ...Read more

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How long after an anorectal abscess is lanced, is it ok to exercise?

How long after an anorectal abscess is lanced, is it ok to exercise?

Varies but: I usually recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 7-10days and avoiding straddle type activity such as a bicycle for 14+ days or until comfortable. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a tooth abscess be lanced?

Won't cure abscess: Sometimes lancing gum boil (incision ; drainage) combined with antibiotics will help control spread of infection. To eliminate the infection, however, the tooth requires definitive treatment, either root canal/cap or extraction/implant/cap. Can't "cure" an abscess with a lance. Please see your dentist before infection spreads further. ...Read more

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