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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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Suffering from a recurring,tender,red underarm abscess from 4years.it grows to coin size and dissappears after 3,4 days and recur after some months?

Suffering from a recurring,tender,red underarm abscess from 4years.it grows to coin size and dissappears after 3,4 days and recur after some months?

It is probably: a SEBACEOUS cyst formed by a PLUGGED sweat gland! Have it REMOVED and it will probably not happen again! (BTW you have many sweat glands under your arms and you will not miss it!) Hope this helps!\ Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a swollen lump on my underarm. It's painful. I can barely raise/fully lower my arm. I had abscesses before on same underarm. What could it be?

I have a swollen lump on my underarm. It's painful. I can barely raise/fully lower my arm. I had abscesses before on same underarm. What could it be?

Could be an abscess: or a swollen lymph gland secondary to an infection around, you need to be seen by a doctor and you might need antibiotics, meanwhile use pain killers and some warm compresses till seen, good luck ...Read more

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Abscess / boil near my armpit -- how can I treat it?

Abscess / boil near my armpit -- how can I treat it?

Professional drain: Abscesses only have one treatment- drainage. The localized collection of fluid won't get penetrated by antibiotics. Go see a doctor that does minor in-office procedures to get it drained. ...Read more

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I had an abscess in my armpit and got it lanced and it's still opened. What do I need to do?

Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Does armpit abscess drainage needs general Anastasia or local one?!?

Does armpit abscess drainage needs general Anastasia or local  one?!?

Local: These abscesses can be drained in a doctor's office or immediate care with local anesthesia unless they are very extensive. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have open wound under my armpit from abscess. It already pop. what to use to help heal wound cause it doesn't look like it's healing completely?

I have open wound under my armpit from abscess. It already pop. what to use to help heal wound cause it doesn't look like it's healing completely?

Heat pack: Moist heat pack and keeping wound clean and out of water can help speed the process along. If it is not progressing over next few weeks should see someone. ...Read more

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I just got a culture result after an abscess in my armpit how long after starting the antibiotics is it still contagious?

I just got a culture result after an abscess in my armpit how long after starting the antibiotics is it still contagious?

You are okay now: Armpit and other abscesses aren't all that catching to others. The bugs that cause them are generally normal skin bugs that get out of control somehow. Stay clean and especially with the antibiotics you need not worry about making your partner sick ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more