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What if you abscess open and drains by it self then goes down, then eventually goes away but comes back weeks later?

What if you abscess open and drains by it self then goes down, then eventually goes away but comes back weeks later?

May need to be...: Surgically removed. If the abscess drains and recurs, there is probably some residual bacteria within the wall and interior of the abscess cavity. In that case, it makes sense to completely remove the abscess after the inflammation has calmed down, including the entire wall, to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Is my perianal abscess going to keep coming back until I get it drained?

Is my perianal abscess going to keep coming back until I get it drained?

Yes and no: If the abscess is a result of a fistula, it will recur until your fistula is repaired. If no fistula, it needs thorough complete drainage if there is any hope of completely resolving it. See a colon and rectal specialist. ...Read more

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I had an abscess drained three years ago. It keeps coming back and I have to go to the emergency room to have it drained. I have not gotten any answer?

MD/Dentist: If the abscess is recurring and is located other than in your mouth you need to have an md/pcp do a work up and get a diagnosis. If this is a dental issue then it is from an infected tooth that may or may not have a root canal. The best thing to do in this instance is to see a dentist and get the offending tooth treated. ...Read more

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Do nerves that have been damaged from mrsa, abscess drained & cellulitis grow back?

Do nerves that have been damaged from mrsa, abscess drained & cellulitis grow back?

Nerve Recovery: Nerve injuries are classified as follows:
a first-degree injury, or neurapraxia, will recover within days after the injury, or it may take up to three months. The recovery will be complete with no lasting muscle or sensory problems.
A second-degree injury, or axonotmesis, also will recover completely; however, the recovery will take much longer than with a first-degree injury. ...Read more

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I had my bartholomew abscess drained in the ER about 7 months ago. I healed okay but it still re occurs. How can I be back to normal? No removal

I had my bartholomew abscess drained in the ER about 7 months ago. I healed okay but it still re occurs. How can I be back to normal? No removal

Bartholin's Cyst: If they aren't completely removed, can tend to recur...An option is having a catheter placed that has a small balloon in it to allow your body to make a permanent fistula (bigger permanent hole) that will allow it to drain--it is removed after a while, and hopefully will not become re-infected again. Talk to your gyn about that type of surgical procedure. ...Read more

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What if abscess keeps forming in your groin after a doctor already cut and drained one. For example it goes away and shortly come back.?

What if abscess keeps forming in your groin after a doctor already cut and drained one. For example it goes away and shortly come back.?

Cyst: Sounds like you have a sebaceous cyst or inclusion cyst in your groin area. If it hasn't been removed but just drained in the past then it usually will come back. Go see your doctor again, it needs to be removed. ...Read more

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I had an hyster 2012 and after that I had the pelvic abscess that was drained 2013, now 2014 I discover the abscess is back however no pain or fever?

I had an hyster 2012 and after that I had the pelvic abscess that was drained 2013, now 2014 I discover the abscess is back however no pain or fever?

? Sterile abscess: It is possible that you have a sterile abscess, where there is just a collection of serous fluid from irritation, not from infection. If you are not having symptoms (you say no pain or fever), and lab counts do not indicate an ongoing infection, I would think twice and get a second opinion before I would intervene further and have it drained again. ...Read more

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Hi I had a perianal abscess back in sept although its getting much better it still drains from time to time. My surgeon said it will eventually heal?

Hi I had a perianal abscess back in sept although its getting much better it still drains from time to time. My surgeon said it will eventually heal?

After 7 months?: Peri rectal abscesses arise from the crypt glands at the top of the anal canal. External drainage takes care of the immediate infection. About 60% of these heal after drainage. Persistent drainage beyond a month of so is suggestive an anal fistula. These require surgery. Colorectal surgeons and most general surgeons can evaluate and treat this problem. ...Read more

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If I had a stitch abscess on my elbow, would the stitch be visible in an mri? If the abscess were drained would it fill back up? Quickly?

If I had a stitch abscess on my elbow, would the stitch be visible in an mri? If the abscess were drained would it fill back up? Quickly?

The suture: Itself will not be seen. Staples can show up as metal artifact. A drained abscess usually resolves as antibiotic therapy is given at the same time. So, usually the abscess shouldn't come back. ...Read more

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I had a skin abscess in my vaginal area next to my clitoris, I got it drained a month ago. Well I recently had sex and I fear it's back I can't feel o?

I had a skin abscess in my vaginal area next to my clitoris, I got it drained a month ago. Well I recently had sex and I fear it's back I can't feel o?

Bartholins: The two Bartholin's glands lie next to the entrance to the vagina. They make a small amount of mucus-like fluid. This fluid passes down a duct to keep the vagina moist. If this duct becomes blocked, a fluid-filled swelling (a cyst) sometimes develops. Http://patient. Info/health/bartholins-cyst-and-abscess-leaflet ...Read more

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Crohns disease, just had 2 perianal abcess drained last week. Now having bad pressure in back passage and when passing stool it's thick mucus instead?

Crohns disease, just had 2 perianal abcess drained last week. Now having bad pressure in back passage and when passing stool it's thick mucus instead?

Crohns Disease: All of the above symptoms, the abscesses, the rectal pain, and the mucus in your stool are indicative of the possibility of continued active inflammation from the Crohns disease. You likely need to have your medication either adjusted or changed. I would make it an appointment to see your gastroenterologist as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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Skin abcess 3-4 days ago, drained, now feel lethargic, nauseous, and low back pain but no fever (temp actually lower than usual) help please?

Skin abcess 3-4 days ago, drained, now feel lethargic, nauseous, and low back pain but no fever (temp actually lower than usual) help please?

Go back to doctor: It is unclear whether you were given an antibiotic, what the bacteria was that caused the abscess or how deep the abscess was. Sometimes bacteria can get into the blood stream from an abscess like this and spread to other areas of the body. Go and be seen again. ...Read more

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How long does it take a perianal abscess to drain? I had one lanced 4 days back but still feel the abscess build up with every bowel movement.

How long does it take a perianal abscess to drain? I had one lanced 4 days back but still feel the abscess build up with every bowel movement.

10 days: On the average (I've seen 400 of these), while it is healing, it still has an inflammatory mass for 10 days. You will feel this fullness for about 10 days, sometimes less. It should be soft by 10 days. ...Read more

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I had an abscess on my back drained on Friday. I feel a burning feeling and intense pain still. Area where infection had spread is still hard & sore?

I had an abscess on my back drained on Friday. I feel a burning feeling and intense pain still. Area where infection had spread is still hard & sore?

Needs follow up: This may be very normal after an incision and drainage but it could be that there is a build up of more fluid. Best to return to your doctor for a follow up. ...Read more

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My abscess popped but didn't completely drain. Should I be worried and should I go to the hospital?

Abscess: An abscess is a collection of bacteria, an infection. If a Dental Abscess see your Dentist ASAP. If a medical abscess see your Physician ASAP. Infections need immediate treatment or they may spread. ...Read more

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I just had a 2 inch abcess bust open n drained really bad n still draining do I still need 2 go 2 the dr?

Probably: To be safe, yes. In all fairness, it depends on where the abscess is and how you are doing otherwise. If the abscess is on your face, if you have a fever, if there is a redness spreading, you definitely need to go. If the abscess has no redness and is superficial, you might be ok just cleaning it out and letting it continue to drain. The drainage is actually a good thing. Your body is fighting infect. ...Read more

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Can I drain this abcess.??

Can I drain this abcess.??

At your own risk: Draining an abscess could be a bad idea if you don't have the proper equipment (sterile instruments) and could potentially make it worse if not drained fully. ...Read more

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How long until my abscess stops draining?

Abscess where?: Need more information to answer intelligently.

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Can u die from not gettin a, abcess drained?

Get Immediate Help: Yes, you can die from an untreated abcess whether from a tooth, a cut finger or anywhere else. The abcess indicates infection and the infection left untreated (by draining or by use of antibiotics) can enter your blood stream and cause sepsis - widespread, full-body infections. Get treatment immediately! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to drain an abscess myself?

That would not be -: Advisable, as without proper training and knowledge; & without sterile equipment/bandages you might be unsuccessful in getting rid of it. You'll need prescription meds as well. Its very easy to get re-infected, without proper care.
To quickly get rid of your problem, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Once an abscess is drained, will it have to be drained again?

Usually not: Usually not but make sure you follow up with your doctor as recommended. ...Read more

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Two weeks in and pta abscess still there. Is my only option to drain it?

Two weeks in and pta abscess still there. Is my only option to drain it?

PTA?: Not sure what pta means in this setting. Generally speaking in an abcess is still present for this long it should be drained. ...Read more

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I have a small abscess that has a hole in the middle (that I poked.) Has been draining, but a whole safety pin side went into hole without feeling?

I have a small abscess that has a hole in the middle (that I poked.) Has been draining, but a whole safety pin side went into hole without feeling?

Keep clean: Keep it clean and if it is not resolving or improving in the next week, have it evaluated. That you do not feel much in the area is not necessarily bad. You will have return of sensation once infection and swelling resolved. ...Read more

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Will ichthammol cause an abscess to drain on its own?

ICHTHAMMOL ABSCESS: AS FAR AS I KNOW, ICHTHAMMOL IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE A DANGEROUS MEDICATION.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO MAKE SURE.
BEST LUCK. ...Read more