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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. Theodore Davantzis
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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

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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more