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What is an abscess on the skin and what do I do for it?

What is an abscess on the skin and what do I do for it?

See below: An abcess is when bacteria invade deeper into the skin and create a pocket of infection that spreads into nearby tissue enlarging it. Antibiotics will not help. The treatment is having a doctor numb it up and open the top with a scalpel allowing the infectious pus inside drain out and removing any contents inside. This will relieve the abcess. ...Read more

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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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What should I do with an abscess in my skin graft?

What should I do with an abscess in my skin graft?

Incise/drain/medic8: A simple incision and drainage procedure will evacuate the puss and then antibiotics may be prescribed for any cellulitis or to prevent spread. ...Read more

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My wife, 27,non-lactating, has been facing recurring breast abscess (pus oozes from the skin) on her left breast since last year. Suggest treatment.

My wife, 27,non-lactating, has been facing recurring breast abscess (pus oozes from the skin) on her left breast since last year. Suggest treatment.

May require drainage: You usually start with antibiotics. Ask your doctor to do gram stain, culture and antibiotic sensitivity before she starts antibiotics. However, if this had been recurrent, it might had formed a fistula, than it needs to be drained surgically ...Read more

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How large is the scar following minor surgery for a skin abscess? I recently developed a skin abscess on my left cheek following an accident on my skateboard that became infected. I am scheduled for a surgery in two days. I am concerned that this will lea

How large is the scar following minor surgery for a skin abscess? I recently developed a skin abscess on my left cheek following an accident on my skateboard that became infected. I am scheduled for a surgery in two days. I am concerned that this will lea

Any : Any time there is a laceration through the skin it may leave a scar, but the surgeon will make every attempt to minimize the scar and can give you advice on wound care to minimize scarring, so please tell the surgeon your concerns. In addition, keep out of the sun as much as possible in the year after surgery or wear a hat and sunscreen (after the wound heals) so that the area won't darken. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a skin abscess to heal?

Depends: It depends on the size and depth of the abscess, whether or not there is surrounding cellulitis and on the infection organisms. With the usual small staphylococcus aureus abscess it will usually heal a few days after the pus has fully drained. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting skin abscess?

Yes: Diabetic conditions or immune disorders can increase risks. Some people have unknown reasons with aggressive cystic acne or hidradenitis causing recurrent infections. Some resistant bacteria can be transmitted in families from one person to another. ...Read more

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Can an abscess be on another body part aside from the skin?

Internal abscess: Inside the body. An abscess sometimes forms inside the body within an organ or in a space between organs. Various symptoms may occur, depending on the site of the abscess. An ultrasound scan, or other types of scan, can confirm a suspected abscess. ...Read more