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How long should packing for drainage of sergical incision be left in wound?

How long should packing for drainage of sergical incision be left in wound?

Depends: It really depends on what the wound looks like the following 24 hours with respect to the quality and quantity of the drainage. Also the physician takes into account the type of material that is packed in the incision. Certain packing can remain in the wound up to seven days while others need to be removed within the first 24 to 48 hours. ...Read more

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Discharge (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me how much time does it take for a incision & drainage wound to heal?

Can you tell me how much time  does it take for a incision & drainage wound to heal?

NAtural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more

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I had an incision and drainage of abscess two days ago. How do I clean my wound and keep it clean?

I had an incision and drainage of abscess two days ago. How do I clean my wound and keep it clean?

Incision and drainag: If its in the mouth than after 24hrs use warm salt water 3-5x a day to keep the area clean a draining of fluid. Sometimes a antibacterial rinse is prescribed instead. Use antibiotics if they were prescribed. Follow the dr's recommendations. ...Read more

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Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?

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

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Hello i had incision and drainage under arm for a boil. The cut was 4cm deep. Its been almost 3 months and the wound still oozes some blood and pus.

Hello i had incision and drainage under arm for a boil. The cut was 4cm deep. Its been almost 3 months and the wound still oozes some blood and pus.

Hidradenitis suppurativa: You may have hidradenitis suppurativa. This is a chronic infection affecting the apocrine sweat glands. Apocrine glands are found in the armpits, breasts, and gluteal region. Each of the regions can be affected by hidradenitis. It may require chronic suppressive antibiotics. If these fail to resolve the infection, the glands may require surgical removal. Hope this helps ...Read more

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An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?

An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?

Already occurring: If a drainage procedure was done the wound should have been left partially open. The dressing changes will do the debridement. Make sure to change daily. Follow-up with surgeon who did drainage procedure. ...Read more

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What amount does incision and drainage hurt?

What amount does incision and drainage hurt?

Varies: Location? Size of abscess? Skin or deeper? Organs involved? Dental? Pain medications will be prescribed to correlate with expectation ...Read more

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Is an incision and drainage a painful procedure?

Is an incision and drainage a painful procedure?

Not So Bad: The pain from an "i and d" is dependent on the location & severity of the abscess and the method of anesthesia. A simple one just under the skin can usually be done with local anesthesia. Deeper abscesses usually require a trip to the or and the help of an anesthesiologist. Most importantly, the pain caused by the abscess will soon be gone. ...Read more

Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more


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Wounds (Definition)

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