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Breast abscess ruptured after fna. Shld i b doing some sort of wound care at home? --or rcving wound care clinically? Only washing and dressing now.

Breast abscess ruptured after fna. Shld i b doing some sort of wound care at home? --or rcving wound care clinically? Only washing and dressing now.

Unusual: It would be unusual to do a fna biopsy for a breast abscess, as that procedure is generally reserved for biopsy of a concerning solid breast lesion. Contact your doctor or surgeon for instructions. Antibiotics with open incision and drainage is a common treatment for an abscess. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Wound Care (Definition)

Wound care is steps taken to ensure that a wound heals correctly. Steps may include dressing changes, application of topical antibiotics or ointments, proper offloading, infection control, and professional wound debridement when indicated. See your physician and have them advise you on treatment ...Read more


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Is it effective to use honey for wound care after i&d for abcess?

Is it effective to use honey for wound care after i&d for abcess?

Medihoney: Do not just pour honey on a wound however the product called medihoney has proven very effective in wound care with good research to back this up.
Medihoney is produced under sterile conditions with further refinement into the final product. ...Read more

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How to remove abscess packing and clean wound?

How to remove abscess packing and clean wound?

Simple and easy: You should have received instructions and dressings but some simple rules are expect some pain and bleeding in the early stages of healing when removing packing. Removing the packing helps remove some of the "bad" stuff. Cleanse gently with saline or wound cleanser to minimize damage to healing tissues. Repack loosely to minimize further damage to the wound and keep it covered and protected. ...Read more

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If your body is healthy, how long does it typically take for an open wound (a deep hole) from an abscess to heal and close?

If your body is healthy, how long does it typically take for an open wound (a deep hole) from an abscess to heal and close?

Simple answer is: weeks with the right treatment. can take months depending on size, location, etiology, treatment, and associated co-morbid conditions ie diabetes, vascular dz etc. complete healing with remodeling can take a year. ...Read more

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My wife was recently diagnosed with "heavy growth of mrsa" at the site of her abscess. She was prescribed meds and her wound is covered, am I safe?

My wife was recently diagnosed with "heavy growth of mrsa" at the site of her abscess. She was prescribed meds and her wound is covered, am I safe?

MRSA: Hello,

Good hand washing hygiene is very important if you will be changing the bandages of the wound.

If you will not have any contact with the wound then you will be alright.

That being said, MRSA is very common and the most important thing is finding the right antibiotic to treat the infection. ...Read more

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How to care for my wound and dressing after abscess drainage?

How to care for my wound and dressing  after abscess drainage?

As instructed : After an incision and drainage of an abscess follow all post procedure instructions exactly. If anything is unclear call te physician or surgeon who treated you for this problem. ...Read more

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I got an abscess lanced. I went for a wound check up and they decided not to repack it and I'll just pull some out each day and cut it is that normal?

 I got an abscess lanced. I went for a wound check up and they decided not to repack it and I'll just pull some out each day and cut it is that normal?

Depends: It depends how deep the abscess is and if it is loci later or not. The wiser coarse is to see your doc and follow your symptoms to make sure that your infection does not recur. ...Read more

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There is a problem in my leg becaz automatically wounds is develop and develop to abscesses?

There is a problem in my leg becaz automatically wounds is develop and develop to abscesses?

Leg infections: Yes there is a problem ?Are you diabetic ?Do you have a vascular problem ?Do you smoke ?You you drink excessively ?Do you have a chronic skin infection ---- please get yourself evaluated. ...Read more

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I had an incision and drainage of abscess two days ago. How do I clean my wound and keep it clean?

I had an incision and drainage of abscess two days ago. How do I clean my wound and keep it clean?

Shower and keep dry: If there was packing take it out and shower normally. Use mild soap and keep it dry with gauge. May need to change it frequently if lot of drainage. If they instructed u to pack it, then follow there directions. U also need to c ur doctor to make sure it is healing well. ...Read more

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Is wound packing visible? I am not sure if the packing came out. The abscess was drained and packed but I cannot see any packing.

Is wound packing visible? I am not sure if the packing came out. The abscess was drained and packed but I cannot see any packing.

Yes, packing: material is visible. It is possible that the intended "tail" of the packing has moved into the wound; the wound will have to be explored to find the "tail." I seriously doubt that the packing could have come out without your knowing about it. Perhaps you were instructed in changing your dressing and repacking your wound. See if you can find the tail using your instructions. If not, go in to Doc. ...Read more

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I am suffering with an abscess on my thigh at the moment and have been given a honey dressing to put on the wound , is this safe to use ?

Honey dsg ; abscess: Do not place a honey dressing on an abscess. You need to see a doctor (primary care physician, urgent care, emergency room) for evaluation of the abscess and consideration of incision and drainage and/or antibiotics. Then a sterile dressing may be placed and changed daily or twice daily. ...Read more

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Hello, I was hospitalized July 16, 2017 with a tear and abscess, after treatment all cleared up only to have another attack. Considering surgery?

Hello, I was hospitalized July 16, 2017 with a tear and abscess, after treatment all cleared up only to have another attack. Considering surgery?

More info please: Where was the tear and the abscess? Attack of what? Do you know what the actual diagnosis was? Please resubmit with clarifying info. ...Read more

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I have a wound from a perirectal abscess surgery that has fully healed after nearly 3 months. What could be wrong? What can be done to help healing?

I have a wound from a perirectal abscess surgery that has fully healed after nearly 3 months. What could be wrong? What can be done to help healing?

Prolonged healing: This delay can be due to many things. These wounds are in difficult to heal locations. It may be due to several issues. You need to return to the surgeon or ask for a referral to a wound center. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite on the top of my head.the next morning I woke up and my head hurt very badly, I found that I had 4 abscesses all around the wound, ?

I have a bug bite on the top of my head.the next morning I woke up and my head hurt very badly, I found that I had 4 abscesses all around the wound, ?

Allergic response: This sounds like a localised allergic response to the bug bite. It is unusual for infection to develop this early. This could likely be small blisters rather than actual abscesses. In any case if its causing you pain, you need to get this examined by a doctor. If there is infection, you may need antibiotics otherwise try some antihistamines which may reduce the reaction around the bite. ...Read more

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Does smoking affect a breast abscess woundw?

Does smoking  affect a breast  abscess woundw?

Yes: Smoking interferes with wound healing. The healing is delayed, suboptimal, and may never finish due to a multitude of direct and indirect adverse effects of tobacco use. ...Read more

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My cellulitis abscess was drained a week ago and now the wound is scabbing over. Is this normal for a cellulitis abscess?

My cellulitis abscess was drained a week ago and now the wound is scabbing over. Is this normal for a cellulitis abscess?

Yes: What you describe sounds like normal healing for a drained abscess. Your triple antibiotic treatment was over kill. Clindamycin alone or Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Keflex together would have been sufficient. ...Read more

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I had a abscess surgically removed from my buttocks. The wound is 4cm in width and approximately 3 CM deep. What is the best treatment?

I had a abscess surgically removed from my buttocks. The wound is 4cm in width and approximately 3 CM deep. What is the best treatment?

Depends: How long ago was the surgery and where is it located exactly. Is there healthy red beefy tissue, is there drainage, have you had similar problems in the past? Either saline gauze packing every day or possibly what is called a wound vac could be used. Hard to say without additional info and seeing the wound. ...Read more

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What if i have fecal matter in my anal fistulotomy wound and i didn't washed it completely. What would i feel? & would i get abscess within that day?

What if i have fecal matter in my anal fistulotomy wound and i didn't washed it completely. What would i feel? & would i get abscess within that day?

Fistula: Is this a fistula that has been repaired?
Either way this should be seen and addressed by a general or colorectal surgeon that can help with this type of problem ...Read more

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I had an abscess that was cut and drained in my navel a couple days ago and he packed my wound with this packing stuff. he did not tell me how long to leave it in and i am concerned on if it should be removed?

OK to remove: Packing abscesses doesn't really prevent recurrent infection. Keep the area covered with a bandage if it is draining and keep it clean by washing with soap and water daily. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Does smoking affect breast abscess wound?

Does  smoking  affect  breast  abscess  wound?

Yes: Smoking cigarettes is never recommended, but especially when one is trying to heal a wound or acute infection. By constricting blood vessels, slower healing occurs due to lack of germ-fighting blood cells getting to the wound, and many other effects. It is a well-known surgical fact that wound healing and recovery is impaired by regular cigarette use. ...Read more

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Does smoking affect a breast abscess wound?

Does smoking  affect  a breast  abscess  wound?

Yes: Smoking has a negative effect on all wound healing! it will make healing harder! ...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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Is it necessary to change the packing of a wound left by the draining of a perianal abscess everyday,since its so painful?My wound is 1.5 inches deep.

Is it necessary to change the packing of a wound left by the draining of a perianal abscess everyday,since its so painful?My wound is 1.5 inches deep.

Yes!: The point of draing and packing space and then removing the packing and repacking is to prevent an &&andinfection from setting in there. It is not the cleanest part of your body and it will take a while to fully heal. The incision and drainage (I & D) is more important to your cure than whatever antibiotics that you may be taking. As the packing is removed a probe should be inserted & moved aroun ...Read more

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My 8month daughter got abscess operation post vaccination last week..while during her fifth dressing...some pus is seen in the wound. is it natural ?

On antibiotics?: New pus in a treated abscess is not good. If the pus has been there and it is decreasing in amount then that suggests that it's getting better, but new pus or expanding erythema (redness) in a previously debrided/cleaned wound needs to be assessed asap. ...Read more

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DH had abscess on groin,it was draining,but didn't heal,we went to clinic,they opened the wound 2days ago,today he is diagnosed fr diabetese? Plz help

DH had abscess on groin,it was draining,but didn't heal,we went to clinic,they opened the wound 2days ago,today he is diagnosed fr diabetese? Plz help

See endocrinologist: Hi. The abscess was treated appropriately and should heal now. Wording is odd...are you the patient? Guessing not since DH is a "he", and you are on BCPs. Patient (DH) needs to see a doctor for determination of type 1 vs. type 2, diabetes and dietary education, and management. The abscess will heel better with controlled blood sugar now that it's been incised and drained. Case a little unclear. ...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. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more