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How long on antibiotics until abscess infection clears?

How long on antibiotics until abscess infection clears?

see below: Drainage of the abscess is the primary treatment. Antibiotic treatment is secondary to treat the surrounding soft tissue infection. This will usually start improving a few days after starting the antibiotic if the abscess has been adequately drained. ...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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Is it appropriate and aadvisable to take antibiotics for abscess tooth for a month while waiting for a specialist?

Is it appropriate and aadvisable to take antibiotics for abscess tooth for a month while waiting for a specialist?

Just one course...: It's not ideal, but antibiotics could get you anywhere from a few days to a few months of relief. You shouldn't take more than one course though, usually 7-10 days. Taking many different antibiotics for an extended time might cause other problems like fungal infections, or resistant infections. Prompt treatment avoids this. Btw, my office is only 40 mins away from slc. I can see you next wk. ...Read more

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I had abscess near tonsil that was soft.no fever.pharyngitis.took antibiotics so got shrink.is it all cured?can antibiotics cure abscess?cult:stph aur

I had abscess near tonsil that was soft.no fever.pharyngitis.took antibiotics so got shrink.is it all cured?can antibiotics cure abscess?cult:stph aur

Small Abscesses: The staph aureus culture result suggests the the abscess drained, which is part of the treatment. Small abscesses may respond to antibiotics, but drainage by needle aspiration or scalpel incision may be required. Small peritonsillar abscesses can be treated with clindamycin. If it so large that the uvula is pushed to the side, needle drainage is attempted as well. Drainage alone can be the cure. ...Read more

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Had a root canal on #12 which also has a periodical abscess. I'm on day 2 of antibiotics. The abscess has doubled in size and i feel like I have a sinus infection. Will this go eventually go down?

Had a root canal on #12 which also has a periodical abscess.  I'm on day 2 of antibiotics.  The abscess has doubled in size and i feel like I have a sinus infection.  Will this go eventually go down?

Periodontal Abcess: Call the dds who performed the root canal immediately so that he can examine you. If you also have a periodontal abcess, you may have a combined perio-endo lesion, which can exaggerate the symptoms usually seen with any abcess. The end of the root of tooth #12 is near the sinus above the roots of the teeth, which may make it feel like you have a sinus infection. Continue to take the antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be on antibiotics after an abscess cure?

Depends: It really depends on where the abscess is and how severe it is. If you have an abscessed tooth antibiotics alone do not cure, you need to treat the tooth to get rid of it. Most courses of oral antibiotics last 1 to 2 weeks. A z-pak is a 5 day course. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics relieve an abscess without the need for surgery?

Can antibiotics relieve an abscess without the need for surgery?

Surgery 101: Ideally all abscesses should be drained, and many will fail antibiotic treatment, because antibiotics can't circulate well inside the abscess. Superficial abscess will often come to head and drain on their own, but surgery speeds healing. Deeper abscess, inside the chest or abdomen, may be drained percutaneously with the help of a radiologist. Surgery verses waiting must be individually evaluated. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter alternatives to bactrim or similar antibiotics, for an abscess?

No: There are no over the counter alternatives to prescription antibiotics in the usa. Drainage is the primary treatment of an abscess which may not require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I was put on antibiotics for an abscess on my tailbone yesterday, a head formed last night, began draining itself this morning for the past 5 hours?

I was put on antibiotics for an abscess on my tailbone yesterday, a head formed last night, began draining itself this morning for the past 5 hours?

Pilonidal abscess?: Your description sounds like a pilonidal abscess that has started to drain on its own. This may help reduce the pain but often the abscess needs to be cleaned out to really heal. You should see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more