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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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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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I don't have enough money to pay for oral surgery but have had periodontal abscess since april 8th. On 2 different antibiotics for 5 days w/out relief?

Perio: I am sorry for your financial situation but unfortunately the pain and infection will not truly go away until the source is removed. Whether extraction, osseous surgery, etc, the source of the infection needs to be treated. Abx only limits dose for a while, but it will come back, even worse some times. Find a cheaper option like a dental school. ...Read more

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Can a pilonidal abscess be left untreated for several months (until the surgery)? Or I should be treated with antibiotics?

Can a pilonidal abscess be left untreated for several months (until the surgery)? Or I should be treated with antibiotics?

Abscess: An abscess should be incised and drained and if felt necessary by the treating physician you may need antibiotics. The only person who can answer this accurately is the doctor seeing you. Go back and perhaps the surgery date can be sped up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Went to ER for huge axillary abscess y would they not drain, give antibiotics but say it may need i&d & does need surgery? I'm so very confused!

Went to ER for huge axillary abscess y would they not drain, give antibiotics but say it may need i&d & does need surgery? I'm so very confused!

Abscess: Abscess should be addressed surgically. Okay to get in with a local surgeon. Take a friend with you for support and assistance with recording the details. Hard to know what the er visit concluded, hopefully they gave you a referral to a surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do pelvic abscess go away with antibiotics or do they have to be drained with surgery?

Depends entirely on: size, exact location, associated symptoms, and underlying cause. Sometimes drainage can be done by interventional radiology. Consult with your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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I have either a skene duct abscess or urethral diverticulum. Been on two rounds of antibiotics. My urologist has only seen me once with no tests to positively identify exactly what this is. He wants me to have urethral diverticulum surgery in two weeks

I have either a skene duct abscess or urethral diverticulum.  Been on two rounds of antibiotics.  My urologist has only seen me once with no tests to positively identify exactly what this is.  He wants me to have urethral diverticulum surgery in two weeks

Here are some...: Would you please make clear of what is the specifics in your question? If you're doubting the Dx or unclear with which is which, seek second opinion or directly ask your doctor for clarifying your confusion. To get things done correctly, follow instructions described in http://www.formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby you gain much insight on how to work closely with Doc for righ Dx and Rx. ...Read more

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Will a perianal abscess (male) go away with just cipro (ciprofloxacin) (antibiotics)? Or will it require surgery?

Will a perianal abscess (male) go away with just cipro (ciprofloxacin) (antibiotics)? Or will it require surgery?

Antibiotics may heal: Antibiotics may be enough to heal the abscess. It depends on the size of the abscess and if the bacteria are sensitive to the Cipro (ciprofloxacin). If not, it will progress and need surgery. ...Read more

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What r the risks of removing perianal abscess (full anesthesia surgery) for my 3 mo old boy? He's been on 5 antibiotics and now got 3rd abscess

What r the risks of removing perianal abscess (full anesthesia surgery)  for my 3 mo old boy? He's been on 5 antibiotics and now got 3rd abscess

Drain the abscess: In general, an abscess does not respond to antibiotics well. Surgical drainage will stop the abscess. A pediatric hospital will be best to address the risks of general anesthesia. Working with the pediatric surgeon to prevent any further episodes. ...Read more

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Stitch abscess on the side of my knee from surgery 2 years ago. What would be the best treatment. Already had antibiotics that didn't work.

Postop infection: You should be seen by a physician, preferably an infectious diseases expert, and be fully examined and cultured if this is possible. Do not delay on this, since if the infection extends to the joint space you may be in severe trouble. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Surgery to remove tumour & colostomy. Undrainable pelvic abscess formed - CRP 380. How long should you have IV antibiotics and b4 continuing chemo?

Surgery to remove tumour & colostomy. Undrainable pelvic abscess formed  - CRP 380. How long should you have IV antibiotics and b4 continuing chemo?

Need Information: Complex issue , control of sepsis is the first order, before chemotherapy , abscess must be drained , most likely you have recto-sigmoid resection , with end colostomy ( hartman's ) the rectal stump may be leaking to cause the problem , speak to the surgeon will explain to you , along with plan of treatment. ...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