Top
10
Doctor insights on: Abscess Left Untreated

Share
1

1
What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

Gets better or worse: It will either get better on its own by opening and draining or by being absorbed by the body or it will get worse and need incision and drainage with antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,457 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Can a pilonidal abscess be left untreated for several months (until the surgery)? Or I should be treated with antibiotics?

Can a pilonidal abscess be left untreated for several months (until the surgery)? Or I should be treated with antibiotics?

Abscess: An abscess should be incised and drained and if felt necessary by the treating physician you may need antibiotics. The only person who can answer this accurately is the doctor seeing you. Go back and perhaps the surgery date can be sped up. Good luck. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
If an abscess in neck is left untreated, can you die?

Yes: Neck infections can be life-threatening if left untreated. ...Read more

4

4
What kind of damage takes places when abscessed serosanguineous fluid fills up internally (pelvis 2 lungs) due 2 anastamotic leak left untreated 6days?

What kind of damage takes places when abscessed serosanguineous fluid fills up internally (pelvis 2 lungs) due 2 anastamotic leak left untreated 6days?

Sepsis: The biggest risk is systemic infection where the infection spreads to the blood stream and starts causing severe inflammation and organ system dysfunction. Infected fluid in the abdomen can also lead to scarring in the abdomen called adhesions. Sorry that you are having to deal with that. ...Read more

5

5
Can untreated ear infection/tooth abcess/sinus infection/gum disease cause lymph nodes in left supraclavicular? Any possibility?

Can untreated ear infection/tooth abcess/sinus infection/gum disease cause lymph nodes in left supraclavicular? Any possibility?

Yes: Yes, the bacteria are activating your immune system and the lymph nodes swell when they increase production of white blood cells to fight the infection. Please get the infection taken care of. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
For what length of time can an abscess go untreated?

A lengthy time: Many dental abscesses are sometimes present for years before being discovered. That is because they have established drainage somewhere. They are still active, but not necessarily symptomatic. They should always be treated asap, though. They are always a source of potential harm if left untreated. ...Read more

7

7
I'm wondering how long can an abscess go untreated before it's too late?

I'm wondering how long can an abscess go untreated before it's too late?

What kind?: Any abscess needs immediate treatment. Why wait until its too late? More damage is done which usually amounts to more cost to treat. In the end you will still have to see your health care professional. ...Read more

8

8
It's been 3 weeks since part one of my root canal and my abscess is still there, but smaller. I don't have anymedicines left. Is it normal?

It's been 3 weeks since part one of my root canal and my abscess is still there, but smaller. I don't have anymedicines left. Is it normal?

Smaller is good but: Only time will tell if you will get complete resolution of the infection. I'm not sure what you are referring to when you san 'part one' of my rct. Was the rct completed? What was the prognosis given to you by your dentist? This needs to be monitored for about 3 months (or longer) in order to know if the rct will be successful or other treatment is indicated. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
I've been having recurring abscess' for months on my groin. This time after one popped it left behind a deep bloody hole with pus still. What do I do?

I've been having recurring abscess' for months on my groin. This time after one popped it left behind a deep bloody hole with pus still. What do I do?

Med evaluation: This may be a serious problems and warrants prompt medical assessment. I would contact your primary care provider and schedule an evaluation appointment. ...Read more

10

10
Have a large abscess on left butt cheek. What do I do?

Seek prompt medical: Evaluation. If this is a large abscess then an incision and drainage will likely be necessary. Take care. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer