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Diverticulitis Abscess Drainage
Clean and dry: After you have an "i&d" or an "incision and drainage" for an access, care is very simple. If you have had packing placed in the hole, that packing should be checked and changed by a physician at least one time after it is done initially. Once the packing is removed, warm soaks or sitz baths can be used to help continue to promote drainage and healing. Anti inflammatory meds can help as well. ...Read more
Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more
Drain abscess: Regardless of the cause of your abscess, drainage is the correct therapy for abscess. It is understandable to be upset. However, stay in good communication with your surgical team, have a support person to help you. The culture will be helpful for directing antibiotic therapy. Okay to ask if you will have a drain or need wound care. Good luck. ...Read more
Pus Removal!: The abscess (pus pocket) is localized with ultrasound scanning (us). The area over the abscess is cleansed and local anesthesia placed. A needle or sometimes a catheter is inserted into the abscess while watching with the us. Pus is sent for culture studies. The needle is removed. A catheter may be left in place for days or longer and allowed to drain. Less invasive than surgical drainage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?
Depends...: For small abscesses, it could just be 2-3 days. For larger ones, days to weeks sometimes. Doctors look at how deep the abscess was, if there was surrounding infection (cellulitis), if there's drainage, where it's located... So a lot of different factors. Best thing you can do is check with your doc, they should be able to give you an estimate. Good luck! ...Read more
3 months post abscess drainage surgery: at the site of surgery in left gluteal region I started bleeding today. What should I do?
Get it looked at by: Anytime you have a significant change you should get your surgeon to check it out. Only they know for sure what is there. Often it is fluid that has old blood in it. It can look like a lot of bleeding. But get it checked. ...Read more
I had a pelvic abscess drainage last year only to find out its back do I go for another operation?
Abscess Returning: If you've had an abscess drained, and you still have swelling, it's likely because the abscess is re-formning. Most of the bacteria causing the swelling are coming from within the tooth. Therefore, the tooth itself must be addressed, or the abscess will always return. You need root canal treatment or tooth extraction for a definitive cure. Drainage and antibiotics are only for pain relief. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As clinicians, we always want to qualify and quantify each issue. So here goes.
Swelling is a common inflammatory response to any surgical procedure. Including draining an abscess. The absence of pain is good.
But is there warmth in the area? Any drainage? Is the skin in the area red and swollen or is is regional swelling? ...Read more
Usually: Drainage is the most important aspect of treatment for abscesses, whether performed by a doctor or spontaneous. But when doctors drain abscesses, they usually irrigate the cavity and then pack it with gauze to make sure it closes from the inside out rather than from the outside in. When it drains on its own, try to keep it washed out and open on the outside so the pus doesn't reaccumulate. ...Read more
Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?
Hi. I had a pelvic abscess drainage about a month ago. Now the wound feels hard and I get little pains it also feels warm but no fever. Is it normal?
See a dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer