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Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

Pus may be infection: Pus is formed when the body is fighting an infection. It may be a sign of a healthy immune system, ergo the term "laudable pus". Pus is full of white blood cells (which fight infection) and microorganisms causing the infection. However, when pus collects in a cavity it forms an abscess. Pus should be drained from wounds to help fight the infection and help the wound to heal normally.

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Boil in inner thigh, treat w warm compress & amox, less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed, but ders hard part below the skin, is it ok?

Boil in inner thigh, treat w warm compress & amox, less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed, but ders hard part below the skin, is it ok?

Residual infection: The hard, leathery, often darkened skin @ the site of a boil is residual inflammation from the skin infection. The skin should soften over time, but cd leave a scar. I wd say at this point, it's normal. But watch for fevers, more drainage, or worsening symptoms that may mean the infection (boil) is coming back. Also get checked for MRSA & diabetes (which predispose to boils) if this is not 1st one

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Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Get the pus out: Having the pus drain is a good thing. If the pus makes a pocket it gives it a chance to grow and spread. Clearing it is best. Signs of concern would be fever, increased redness, warmth, and pus production. If those occur please see a doctor.

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Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Basic wound care: In your situation, the stinging when bathing is okay. It is not necessary "to drain out pus", could be dangerous. Okay to wash wound with warm water, a little soap, rinse well, pat dry, hair dryer wound, cover with gauze (available at drugstore over the counter). Check in with doc first thing monday, sooner if spreading redness/fever occurs. If your wound is infected, needs a doc.

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I had gluteal abscess about a week. Doc drained the pus. After 1week of dressing to some extent it healed but watering in the wound is present?

I had gluteal abscess about a week. Doc drained the pus. After 1week of dressing to some extent it healed but watering in the wound is present?

Sounds like: The wound is not completely healed yet. Keep cleaned and dressed. Reevaluate weekly with doctor. May take a few more weeks.

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I'm pretty sure I have a sentinel pile above my af. The pile seems to have popped, and is draining pus quite a lot. Is this normal?

Fistula in ano: This sounds like an anal fistula if I were you I would go and see a general surgeon or gastroenterologist to make a diagnosis and plan treatment.

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I have a bump on the back of my neck. And it's draining pus. What could that b?

I have a bump on the back of my neck. And it's draining pus. What could that b?

Pustule/abcess: Occasionally the oil glands or hair follicles are invaded by skin germs. Various forms of staph or strep are the most common agents. Staph more commonly stays local while strep causes redness & extends under the skin surface. A warm compress over the area increases blood flow and allows the body to heal itself sometimes, if it persists, your dr may need to open & drain it & rx meds.

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Can there be a way to drain pus from an infected toe?

Can there be a way to drain pus from an infected toe?

Yes: Try soaking in warm water with epsom salt to open up the area after the skin is soft. If not see a podiatrist.

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Lump draining greenish pus behind tonsil, what to do?

Lump draining greenish pus behind tonsil, what to do?

Peritonsillar absces: A peritonsillar abscess is a formation of pus and infection around a tonsil. It can be extremely painful and cause problems with swallowing and breathing. It requires emergent evaluation and management by a trained physician.

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Do I drain the pus from the lesion on my lip?

Do I drain the pus from the lesion on my lip?

Be careful: I would strongly consider you seeing a healthcare provider if there is an abscess (collection of pus) in and around your lip. You want to be careful in this area because it scars easily and if it is on your upper lip - in the so called danger triangle - there is a chance (rare) that a spreading infection could spread "back" towards your brain!

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My spider bites are filling with pus how do I drain them?

My spider bites are filling with pus how do I drain them?

How about seeking: Medical attention as depending on size they might need to be surgically drained. When was your last tetanus shot? If you don't know or it if has been more then ten years - then get another tetanus shot at the same time.

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I had a cyst on my back that had to be cut and drained. I'm waiting for the culture but the pus was green does that indicate any type of bacteria?

I had a cyst on my back that had to be cut and drained. I'm waiting for the culture but the pus was green does that indicate any type of bacteria?

No: Gram stain and culture has to be resulted in order to treat correctly. Some people guess based on color or smell of pus. But, this does not have accuracy.

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I had a boil that drained naturally. There's still a little pus coming out through the day. I am keeping it covered, but it looks like its getting big?

Get seen: An abscess can be sneaky. It can seem ok because it is draining but may have loculations that are not draining. Best to have this surgically drained and have the loculations broken up.

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Toes hurt become swollen drain pus?

Toes hurt become swollen drain pus?

Infection: Need to incise and drain with antibiotics. Get medical attention immediately.

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Bartholian abscess ruptured on its own and it's draining more blood than pus (yellow). Why is that?

Frequent: Bartholin's cysts, if infected, contain pus but frequently cause bleeding when they rupture or are drained. If pus is present, a culture and antibiotic coverage may be indicated. If there are pockets of pus that do not drain, the abscess may recur. You should see your doctor.

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Is it a bad idea if I drain the pus out of my wart myself?

Is it a bad idea if I drain the pus out of my wart myself?

Yes: Depending where the wart is it can be dangerous for you to self treat it. If the wart has pus and is infected that is not normal. You should see a health care provider immediately.

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If my pus filled gum fistula drains by itself does this present a larger problem than one that does not?

If my pus filled gum fistula drains by itself does this present a larger problem than one that does not?

Good if drains: Hippocrates said ' where ever pus let it out ' Yes it is good if pus drains out, see your doctor and follow instructions

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