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Please tell me the pathophysiology of breast abcess?

Please tell me the pathophysiology of breast abcess?

Walled-off infection: An abscess anywhere is a local bacterial infection that has successfully isolated itself from the immune system by forming a pocket of pus with no blood flow or viable tissue inside. Because there is no blood flow, antibiotics will never reach an abscess and are ineffective, so the only treatment is drainage. Sometimes they rupture and drain on their own, but sometimes an incision is needed. ...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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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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What sort of problem is an abscess?

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?

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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Could it be something bad if I have abscess?

Could it be something bad if I have abscess?

Painful infection: An abcesses is a localized painful infection amd can be treated easily with minor incision amddrainage. There will be discharge forva few days until infection resolves and it will leaveca scar. ...Read more

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Can you pop an abscess on gum?

Can you pop an abscess on gum?

An abscess: Is a manifestation of infection. It can go to the bloodstream and can adversely affect especially the ones with compromised immune system. Please see your dentist so you can get proper attention. ...Read more

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Could oral sex cause an abscess?

Could oral sex cause an abscess?

Yes, but....: Oral sex can transmit genital herpes to the mouth resulting in a abscess like lesion in the soft tissue of the mouth. The chances of it causing a tooth's nerve related abscess are highly unlikely. ...Read more

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Does appendicitis cause any abscess?

Does appendicitis cause any abscess?

Pus Happens: Abscesses are often associated with appendicitis, especially after perforation. They may manifest itself with the initial episode or (even) weeks after an appendectomy. Treatment requires drainage (usually via radiologic guidance) and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do a cyst and an abscess differ?

How do a cyst and an abscess differ?

Several : A cyst is a lesion that has an inner cavity lined with epithelial cells abscess means the presence of pus. A chronic cyst may become acute( infected) at which time the central cavity fills with pus. This is then referred to as an abscess. ...Read more

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Help please! is an abscess ER worthy?

Only if severe: If you have an advanced signs such as rapidly progressing ballooning swelling, severe pain, difficulty breathing/swallowing, fever, etc., then you should consider seeing the er. If after hours and these signs are present, the er can possibly give you IV antibiotics and drain the swelling, but they will not provide the definitive care to resolve the abscess such as root canal or extract. ...Read more

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Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Yes: The treatment of choice for an abscess is general incision and drainage, however abscesses can resolve on their own without medical intervention. The usual progression is swelling to the point of spontaneous eruption, drainage, then gradual resolution. ...Read more

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What cause abscess on the vaginal area?

Infection : Abscess is an infected pocket of fluid in a enclosed area most often. Most often injury, infection or trauma can cause them to develop. ...Read more

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Could abscesses disappear on their own?

Not likely: while other infections can be cleaned and healed by our immune system, abscesses are like a cyst = walled off and resistant to the normal immune response ...Read more

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What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

Clinical examination: There are no specific tests for anorectal abscess. It is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical examination. An ultrasound may facilitate identification of collection of pus in the tissue. ...Read more

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How long until my abscess stops draining?

Abscess where?: Need more information to answer intelligently.

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