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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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Had surgery on an abscess on my buttock 4 months ago&its still hasn't fully healed. I'm 5 months pregnant, could it prelong because of it?

Had surgery on an abscess on my buttock 4 months ago&its still hasn't fully healed. I'm 5 months pregnant, could it prelong because of it?

Not Necessarily: Congratulations on your pregnancy; pregnancy itself should not necessarily delay wound healing. It will be important for you to have your physicians evaluate the area to make sure no ongoing infection is present. If so, additional drainage procedure and/or antibiotics may be necessary. Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy.

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It's been 2 months since I had an I & d it keeps abscess. I've had to go to the ER two times since. I'm back on clindamycin abscess is on r buttock?

It's been 2 months since I had an I & d it keeps abscess. I've had to go to the ER two times since. I'm back on clindamycin abscess is on r buttock?

Post care: After the i;d was the wound packed? The buttock has a lot of space for an abscess to expand - after getting it draining to keep it from reforming it needs to heal from the bottom up which is accomplished by packing the wound with gauze and changing every day or so until it heals. This would be done in a physician office rather than the er.

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I am suffering buttock abscess since 2009, I had have surgery but I still not recover, suggest me what should I do?

I am suffering buttock abscess since 2009, I had have surgery but I still not recover, suggest me what should I do?

Need to see surgeon: You may have most likely anal fistula, less likely pilonidal sinus, both need surgical intervention, see your surgeon to find the cause and treatment.

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Can you put fucidin cream on abscess? I have one at the crease of where my upper thigh meets my right buttock. Its like a very painful but not white.

Can you put fucidin cream on abscess? I have one at the crease of where my upper thigh meets my right buttock. Its like a very painful but not white.

Open or closed?: An abscess is a collection of pus. If you have a skin abscess and it has not yet opened, no medicine on the skin will help. If it is swollen but pus has not formed, then moist heat can sometimes help. In many cases it is wise for a doctor to drain it--see one! If it HAS opened, then the drainage of pus is the only thing needed for it to start healing; keep it clean and open as best you can.

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Can I take a shower the day after having a abscess moved on my upper buttocks? U

Probably not: Depending on the type of procedure, many incisions and removals leave behind a wound that should be allowed to heal and needs to be cared for in a special way to allow that healing the best opportunity to do well. If you ever have a question about what you can/should/should not do after a procedure, it is vital to ask the provider or their support staff what to do. Always follow instructions.

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I had a abscess surgically removed from my buttocks. The wound is 4cm in width and approximately 3 CM deep. What is the best treatment?

I had a abscess surgically removed from my buttocks. The wound is 4cm in width and approximately 3 CM deep. What is the best treatment?

Packing: Wounds like this are typically treated with packing and healing by secondary intent. Oral antibiotics are often used but the wound must not be closed and be allowed to heal from inside to outside in this manner.

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I have buttocks abscess, the problem is its appear every 7 days to 2 month for 24-36 hours and gone (burst its self), its painful to sit or sleep?

I have buttocks abscess, the problem is its appear every 7 days to 2 month for 24-36 hours and gone (burst its self), its painful to sit or sleep?

See your doctor for: antibiotic treatment & referral to a surgeon who will drain the abscess & likely pack it with gauze to keep it open & draining. Although it may be from a different bacterium if it's close to your anus, Staphylococcus is the germ that usually causes skin abscesses. If not fully treated, a few "staph" bacteria remain & cause recurrence.

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I'd appreciate Suggestions after incision and drainage of buttocks abscess. I am having Duocid antibio. And Etol Fort for pain relief.

I'd appreciate Suggestions after incision and drainage of buttocks abscess. I am having Duocid antibio. And Etol Fort for pain relief.

Clean and moist: The hallmark of good wound care after drainage of an abscess is to keep the wound clean AND moist. If the wound has a foul odor, or the gauze pads are full of pus, then you need to change the bandage and clean the wound (soap and water fine) more often. Finish the course on antibiotics, and make sure to follow up with the doctor that did the drainage within a week or so. Hope this helps!

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All blood work three days prior to abscess (buttocks) are normal (CBC, HIV negative, Groin lymph node still swollen 2 1/2 months later. 3rd rnd antibio?

All blood work three days prior to abscess (buttocks) are normal (CBC, HIV negative, Groin lymph node still swollen 2 1/2 months later. 3rd rnd antibio?

Lymphadenopathy: If lymph node is swollen then you still have an infection somewhere. Have your doctor look again for the source. Antibiotic may help contain it.

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I have a abcess on my right buttock. I would like to fix it with minimal pain.

Go to doctor: An abscess needs evaluation to determine the course of treatment. Frequently, they will require an incision and drainage that is often followed by antibiotics. Without seeing the area, it is impossible to provide an evaluation, so please see your doctor.

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Hi I have a boil on my buttock. Can I die from this? I have had it for 5 days. Does it go away itself?

Hi I have a boil on my buttock. Can I die from this? I have had it for 5 days. Does it go away itself?

Treatment: Boils or abscess do not resolve spontaneously. The pain associated with them may decrease as the pus drains but antibiotic treatment is needed. Larger boils may need drainage.

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I have had an abscess just above my bum and it burst the other day, pain has subsided and bleeding is far less, though there is still some serous flui?

I have had an abscess just above my bum and it burst the other day, pain has subsided and bleeding is far less, though there is still some serous flui?

What's the question?: Well, that's one way to handle an abscess - wait for it to burst. The healing process should begin now that the space containing the infection has been emptied of its contents. But you didn't have to go through all that pain and (probably) worry -- if it ever happens again, get to a doctor early in the course and get it treated in a less painful and more civilized manner.

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Female 21 Chrohn's experiencing dull intermittent ache in the right buttock. History of perianal abcesses on left side, this feels different. Thanks?

Female 21 Chrohn's experiencing dull intermittent ache in the right buttock. History of perianal abcesses on left side, this feels different. Thanks?

Physical Exam needed: Definitely go back to consult your gastroenterologist for a physical exam and possible consultation with Colon and Rectal Surgery. There are meds to manage your CD. Chron's Disease has many anal manifestations and perianal complications. Perianal abscess but also perianal fistula is possible. With an ache in your buttock, you may have musculoskeletal problems so also consult your GP for a physical

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Have a boil on my buttock and its really painful when I sit sonewhere. .. Been taking amoxicillin what else should I do?

Have a boil on my buttock and its really painful when I sit sonewhere. .. Been taking amoxicillin what else should I do?

See a doctor: You need to see a physician who can examine you. You may need him/her to lance the boil so that you can heal. The Amoxicillin may not be able to do this on its own. Best wishes.

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I have an abscess on my tail bone, and it seems to be spreading since I keep getting more. Why is it spreading, and how do I get rid of them for good?

I have an abscess on my tail bone, and it seems to be spreading since I keep getting more. Why is it spreading, and how do I get rid of them for good?

Varies: An abscess is a walled off collection of infected fluid. As such, an abscess rarely responds to antibiotics alone and usually requires surgical drainage or it will spread. The antibiotics simply don't usually fully penetrate the fluid collection. Recurrent abscesses suggest either an incomplete cure or an underlying abnormality causing the problem. Detailed exam and appropriate studies needed.

Buttock (Definition)

The buttocks are the paired curved masses that make up our "posterior." each buttock consists of a layer of fat superimposed on the gluteus maximus ...Read more