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Can An Abscess Be On Another Body Part Aside From The Skin
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
Depends on normality: Normal people are not the same color all over. That means everybody has lighter and darker parts. If a person is darkening normally, that is ok... but if due to sun exposure, sunscreen (and clothing and shade) does help. If the neck and armpits are darkening, one's primary care Dr. can check to see if it is normal. If nipples and genitals are darkening, that is usually fine, but the Dr. can check. ...Read more
What is more likely to cause skin absecess on different parts of the body , lupus or sjogrens? . I am working with rhumy to get a dx.
Need evaluation: There are two possibilites you need to be evaluated for. One is infection witha "superbug" called mrsa. Mrsa can cause reccurrent and often serious skin infections. The other is an inherited condition called hidradenitis supprativa which is characterized by recurrent boils, abscesses and scarring on buttoicks, groin and at times breasts and underarms. See your dermatologist. ...Read more
What is the difference between a cyst and an abscess? They're both sacs of pus inside the body, or below the skin, correct?
No: An abscess is a collection of pus usually caused by a bacterial infection. A cyst is a sac that is lined by a membrane and contains fluid or semi-fluid matter not pus and is not caused by infection. A cyst can become infected and the liquid can change to pus thus becoming an infected/abscessed cyst. ...Read more
What is the best imaging technique to make sure dental abscesses are not causing danger to other parts of the body?
None: If you have an abscess you have a severe infection. You won't see the damage to heart, lymph antics, brain, liver, kidneys, etc. with any form of imaging. It will, however, be very evident at the post-mortum. If you had a virulent infection anywhere else would you not treat it aggressively? You need root canal/crown or extraction/implant/crown NOW. Don,t delay for your health's sake. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had a tooth abscess for months that finally got diagnosed today. What are the chances it spread to other parts of my body?
1/3+ of all my body hair gets ingrown. I even get abscesses! what gives? I've tried so many things! it hurts/is embarrassing! is my skin not normal?
Laser hair removal: It's unfortunate and infections are definitely a problem. See if you can convince your insurance to pay for laser hair removal. If you've had documented severe abscesses, they might be more apt to cover it. Otherwise, it's usually considered a cosmetic procedure. It often helps in chronic cases like yours. ...Read more
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