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It feels like when I further bend forward, something tightens at the area just above my gluteal cleft. I have discomfort in prolonged sitting.

It feels like when I further bend forward, something tightens at the area just above my gluteal cleft. I have discomfort in prolonged sitting.

Could be your back: Pain from the lower back is often felt in the buttocks. You may have a herniated disc or other spinal issue in your lumbar, or lower back. Bending and prolonged sitting often exacerbate lower back problems. Strengthening your core abdominal muscles and flexibility may help a little. ...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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It's end of week 1 with recurrent shingles on gluteal cleft. Now have a sore neck and back both on same side as my shingles.Can it be related?

It's end of week 1 with recurrent shingles on gluteal cleft. Now have a sore neck and back both on same side as my shingles.Can it be related?

Not likely: Shingles is usually not recurrent and affects the area supplied by only one spinal nerve root. Therefore the gluteal lesions and neck are not related. Please consult and infectious disease specialist for proper diagnosis and care. You may wish to get consultation with a pain specialist as well to forestall the chronic that can some times result form shingles. ...Read more

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Sutures from Lumbar CSF Leak Repair removed yesterday...it's ~2" long & bottom goes into top of gluteal cleft. Base looks like it's opening despite Steri Strips & Butterfly Closures. What can I do?

Sutures from Lumbar CSF Leak Repair removed yesterday...it's ~2" long & bottom goes into top of gluteal cleft. Base looks like it's opening despite Steri Strips & Butterfly Closures. What can I do?

You should call your: surgeon for guidance but sometimes a wound can spread in spite of that type of closure if there is strain on the wound. As long as there is no drainage or reddening of the wound or any increasing pain, fevers, chills or sweats-it should be ok but check with your surgeon just to make sure. ...Read more

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With regard, I want to know about causes of gluteal abscess and what percent of them is related to injection nurse laches?

With regard, I want to know about causes of gluteal abscess and what  percent of them is related to injection nurse laches?

No association..: There is no direct association between lash of a needle vs another way of inserting it. If the abscess came after needle insertion the cause of the infection is not the fashion the needle was given but rather the opening a needle causes which is open door for infection. This can happen with any type of injection or wound that opens the skin no matter how small or how it happens. ...Read more

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What is the role of different anti-biotic in treatment of gluteal abscess ?

What is the role of different anti-biotic in treatment of gluteal abscess ?

Antibiotic choices: When treating an abscess -one has to consider 'what' germs might be there, then make the appropriate selection for therapy. Sometimes it's more than just antibiotics (such as incision). One has to consider patient allergies, drug interactions, dosing/length of therapy etc. It's nice to have a culture of the abscess material, but sometimes a best guess will do. I like trimethoprim-sulfa. See MD. ...Read more

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3 months post abscess drainage surgery: at the site of surgery in left gluteal region i started bleeding today. What should I do?

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

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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. ...Read more

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What you suppose to do after subcutaneous gluteal cellulitis abscess drainage? On bactrim.What to watch out for of side effects also? Thank you drs.

What you suppose to do after subcutaneous gluteal cellulitis abscess drainage? On bactrim.What to watch out for of side effects also? Thank you drs.

Wound care: Make sure the wound stays clean and moist, and if it was drained surgically, change the packing at least daily. Watch out for return if the red skin surrounding the area. Watch out for fevers. Make sure to follow up with the doctor that is treating you, or your primary care within a week or so. Sooner if you get worse. Hope this helps! ...Read more