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Is bactroban (mupirocin) ointment ok to use for an open muscular abscess?

Is bactroban (mupirocin) ointment ok to use for an open muscular abscess?

No: Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is used on superficial skin infections and into the nares to decolonize staphylococcus aureus carriers. It would not be appropriate or effective treatment into an open abscess in a muscle. ...Read more

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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I have a boil that popped on its own and has drained but the hole won't close up it's been 2 weeks. I've been using triple antibiotic ointmen?

I have a boil that popped on its own and has drained but the hole won't close up it's been 2 weeks. I've been using triple antibiotic ointmen?

Hole: A larger hole could tasks longer to close. Be sure to wash the area daily - warm bath or shower and let dry. If not improving...closing more each day...check with your doctor ...Read more

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If you don't take care of an abscess what harm can it do?

Worst case-DEATH: Depending on where it is, the microbe that is causing the infection, and the size of the abscess itself, an abscess can eventually lead to a blood infection (e.g. Skin/soft tissue abscess- blood infection- heart infection) or infection of an adjacent structure (epidural abscess- brain abscess), causing overwhelming infection and death, or at least major disfigurement and handicap. ...Read more

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Last year I had an abscess about 5 cm , I had a surgery and now after a year it came back to me and its growing I don't know what to do beside surgery?

Last year I had an abscess about 5 cm , I had a surgery and now after a year it came back to me and its growing I don't know what to do beside surgery?

Abscess: Abscesses need to be open to heal. May need to remove the cyst wall. Consider washing w/ antibacterial 'hibiclens' 1-2 x/ week to prevent bacteria build up. Wash 2x a day in summer, keep pores open. Change position every 30 min for 1-2 min . Pilonidal cyst needs more definitive surgery f/w/doc http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pilonidal-cyst/basics/prevention/con-20025007 ...Read more

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If called an abscess why don't all toa's need to be drained.?

If called an abscess why don't all toa's need to be drained.?

Tubo-ovarian abscess: Drainage of an abscess is ideal therapy assuming that they are large enough to drain appropriately, that the surgical procedure will not do more damage than benefit, and that the lesion is small enough to respond to antibiotic treatment without the necessity of drainage. This is often a clinical decision making process and why doctors need so much time in training. ...Read more

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How do I cure an abscess?

How do I cure an abscess?

Get treatment: Don't fool around, the abcess is most likely causing septicemia, barrels in the blood system that can result in additional illness. ...Read more

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Info on paraspinal abscess?

Info on paraspinal abscess?

Interesting: Paraspinal abscess is an infection of the area around the spinal cord. If the abscess compresses nerves, it can cause serious neurologic problems including paralysis. It can come from an area of adjacent infection or it can be seeded from a distant site via the bloodstream. This is usually a surgical emergency or it can be drained by ct guidance. Iv antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abscess?

What are the symptoms of abscess?

Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the affected part. There may be fever, malaise etc. Depending on the location and size of the abscess. ...Read more

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Will an abscess cause remote pain?

Will an abscess cause remote pain?

Possibly: Especially if blood becomes infected and seeds other areas of the body. ...Read more

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What can be done about an abscess?

What can be done about an abscess?

It depends on site: Drainage of an abscess is (if possible) a good form of initial treatment. If it is not practical to drain it, it must be treated with antibiotics and then the source of the infection must be determined and removed or treated more definitively. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abscess?

Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other. ...Read more

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How to ease abscess pain for a baby?

Med tx: Acutually, if a baby has an abscess - that warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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What should I do for abscess i popped?

Find a dentist: The abcess was likely be caused by a bad tooth or nerve. This has to be addressed by a dentist, it will not heal on its own, nor can you permanently treat it in any way. ...Read more

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On average, how long will an abscess last?

On average, how long will an abscess last?

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