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Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Yes: Abscesses that were drained a long time ago can leave scar (or fibrous) tissue in the place of the abscess or in the area where it was cut open. This is a normal occurrence, as long as it does not appear infected (not red, swollen, hot or draining). ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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A 5 month toddler fell and broke his tooth. The pulp got exposed and scarred. Could he get an abscess?

A 5 month toddler fell and broke his tooth. The pulp got exposed and scarred. Could he get an abscess?

Fix it now: A broken tooth, baby or permanent, does not self-repair. A baby tooth is the best space maintainer for an underlying permanent tooth. If the nerve of the tooth is exposed, the infection process has already begun. Call your dentist or preferably a pediatric dental specialist for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I had an abscess drained about 4 months ago. Is it normal for scar tissue to still be hurting? There's no lump or anything. I don't think new abscess

I had an abscess drained about 4 months ago. Is it normal for scar tissue to still be hurting? There's no lump or anything. I don't think new abscess

Normal: Scar tissue can absolutely be uncomfortable. It may help to massage your scar with lotion daily. Are you concerned there is another abscess forming? If the area is red, increasingly large, hot or tender it is best to see a doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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I had an abscess from a clogged milk duct. I had to get it lanced. Now there is no lump, but pain where it was. What should I do? Can scar tissue hurt

I had an abscess from a clogged milk duct. I had to get it lanced. Now there is no lump, but pain where it was. What should I do? Can scar tissue hurt

Possible scar pain: Yes, sometime healing tissue can cause soreness in the area but anyway you should watch also for recurrent infection. If it is too tender, red, swollen or with pus needs evaluation and most likely treatment with another antibiotic. If it looks clean and pain is mild most of the time eventually gets better. ...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

Depends if complex: The sice of the incision depends on the size of the cyst and the presence of loculations (separate compartments) usually it is best to treat early with a small incision and drainage which usually heals with a very small scar. In the worst case a small scar revision can be performed 6 months later if necessary. ...Read more

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I have foliculitus and get abscesses in my vaginal area now have two black spot like bumps on my Mons pubis are these scars or should I be worried?

I have foliculitus and get abscesses in my vaginal area now have two black spot like bumps on my Mons pubis are these scars or should I be worried?

Don't worry.: Hi Emalou,

Folliculitis is very common where there are large sweat glands and course hair like under the arms and in the groin area. Bacteria get down in the follicles and begin to grow forming small abscesses. They often are noticed in various stages of healing. I believe that this is what you are seeing. Continue to treat the infection with topical antibiotics or antibiotics by mouth. ...Read more

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Using heroin IM. I have 2 abscesses on each butt cheek that have recently popped. They are ozing pus. I'm taking amoxicillin. How can I prevent scar?

Using heroin IM. I have 2 abscesses on each butt cheek that have recently popped. They are ozing pus. I'm taking amoxicillin. How can I prevent scar?

See a Doctor: 1. See a doctor for abcess treatment
2. Scars will not matter if you die from Heroin use.
3. Get on Suboxone treatment or get help for detox. You need medical attention can't do it by yourself.
Please go to ER or local physician to start feeling better. ...Read more

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Have an ugly scar on breast after abscess incision and drainage. How can it be treated. Its deep indented. Feel depressed about it.

Have an ugly scar on breast after abscess incision and drainage. How can it be treated. Its deep indented. Feel depressed about it.

Your decision: A plastic surgeon can revise a scar like this and make it less visible. Most people -- including most possible partners -- don't care at all about whether you've got even quite a large scar here. Hopefully you get the outcome you want. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had an abscess under my eye drained 4 weeks ago which was a result of periorbital cellulitis. A doctor 2 weeks ago said the infection was gone, but I still have a hard red lump which they said was scar tissue. Will this go down, or is it permanent?

I had an abscess under my eye drained 4 weeks ago which was a result of periorbital cellulitis. A doctor 2 weeks ago said the infection was gone, but I still have a hard red lump which they said was scar tissue. Will this go down, or is it permanent?

Use warm compresses: I would recommend to use warm compresses on the lump three times a day for a week. If it did not go away or started to increase in size or have a white or yellow head you need to have it reevaluated. It might be still a collection and might need to be opened again. ...Read more

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Recurrent abscess in the buttocks, most of the time they disappear within 7 days. And twice I needed I&D with antibiotics. Scarring is a result?

Recurrent abscess in the buttocks, most of the time they disappear within 7 days. And twice I needed I&D with antibiotics. Scarring is a result?

Abscess: One half of abscesses are caused by MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) which can colonize the skin even when you don't have signs of active infection. Consider a preventative treatment to eradicate this bacteria. Use Hibiclens with the coarse side of a kitchen sponge to gentle scrub the skin of your whole body, avoiding face and genitals. The nose must be treated with prescription bactroban (mupirocin) ...Read more

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Had a perianal abscess that was drained by dr 4 years ago. Now the same area is itchy and I can feel lump underneath. No pain. Is it just scarring?

May be: Scar tissue. Generally would be enlarging and increasingly painful if there was a recurrent abscess. Sometimes a fistula can form too, but again generally would be painful and having a drainage or discharge. Best to have a doctor examine it for you. ...Read more

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Can mutiple pelvic abscesses after lower anterior resection cause lung scarring?

Can mutiple pelvic abscesses after lower anterior resection cause lung scarring?

No: Multiple abscesses and a low anterior resection can not cause lung scaring. ...Read more

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My oral surgeon said that I had a scar tissue after my oral surgery to get 2 abscessed teeth extracted. Could this be a possibility and could it stop my mouth from opening?

My oral surgeon said that I had a scar tissue after my oral surgery to get 2 abscessed teeth extracted. Could this be a possibility and could it stop my mouth from opening?

Maybe / unrelated: It is certainly possible that you may have scar tissue which remained following the removal of some abscessed teeth. However, it is not likely the reason you are having trouble 'opening' your mouth. The likely reason is that during the procedure you had to open wide and you probably just strained your ligaments. Using warm compresses and slowly massaging the joints should help. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a boil or hypertrophic scar?

How can I know if I have a boil or hypertrophic scar?

Scar is hard: A scar is hard and not tender. A boil is softer and fluid filled. ...Read more

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I get what appears to be boils or abcesses under my arms and in bikini area. Thu are very painful and and leave ugly scars. What an I do to prevent?

I get what appears to be boils or abcesses under my arms and in bikini area. Thu are very painful and and leave ugly scars. What an I do to prevent?

See below: If you shave these areas try not to shave. Them. If you must shave wash the areas with an anti-bacterial soap before and after shaving, as well as use a new razor, or blade each tie. Also see your doctor to see if there is ay other reason for you to keep getting the boils. ...Read more

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In 1989 I had surgery to remove an abcess from my brain. 9 yrs later seizures began and now 2014 scar issue removing surgery is an option. Good idea?

In 1989 I had surgery to remove an abcess from my brain. 9 yrs later seizures began and now 2014 scar issue removing surgery is an option. Good idea?

Potential option: Depends upon frequency and intensity of your seizures, and whether your medications have been unsuccessful. Surgery could potentially stabilize the process depending on brain location, but could backfire, and create additional problems. Would suggest you also consider a vagal nerve stimulator approach, but if surgery is an option, seek out additional opinions, especially from an epilepsy doc. ...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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more