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How do I treat an abcess?

How do I treat an abcess?

Abscess: Incision and drainage and very probably antibiotics. See your doctor first. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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How can I treat boils/abcess on my bum, in between my legs/groin area, under my breasts and under arms?

How can I treat boils/abcess on my bum, in between my legs/groin area, under my breasts and under arms?

See Dermatologist: For a single boil, you can do sitz baths where you soak in the bath tub for 10 minutes 1-2x/day and this usually helps.
However, what you are describing sounds like hidradenitis suppurativa. See http://mayocl. In/pyza6t.
I would recommend that you see a dermatologist for treatment as you may need antibiotics and/or other treatments. ...Read more

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Need advice as to how do you treat an abscess?

Need advice as to how do you treat an abscess?

Depends on cause: Teeth become abscessed from advanced decay or advanced periodontal disease. The treatment could be extraction, root canal treatment or periodontal treatment depending on the diagnosis. Don't try this at home... See a professional. ...Read more

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Does numbing really make you not feel anything when getting treated for an abscess?

Does numbing really make you not feel anything when getting treated for an abscess?

Usually: Good anesthesia eliminates pain associated with tissue manipulation, but the pressure sensation may persist.
Some infections make it difficult to anesthetize surrounding tissues. Sedation (intravenous or oral) may be needed to supplement the local anesthesia. ...Read more

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How can I treat a small perintosillar abscess at home? Can I leave it to run its course?

How can I treat a small perintosillar abscess at home? Can I leave it to run its course?

Not a good idea.: This type of abscess can result into a life threatening condition. Like all abscesses, incision and drainage are required for healing to take place, along with administration of appropriate antibiotics. See your doc. ...Read more

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My gum hurts even after an abscess was treated and it happens right after a new filing was put. Why is that?

Sensitivity: Certainly after an operation and cavity procedure, the gums can be inflamed and sensitive. If it persists, then see the dentist and get an evaluation of the area. There are some crams that can help, but get eval to assure all is stable and the area is not infected. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are abscess and a boil treated the same way?

Are abscess and a boil treated the same way?

Yes...: ...For all practical purposes. Both are localized infections, both need to be drained and, if necessary, treated with an antibiotic - although draining is often all that is needed. ...Read more

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How can I treat peritonsillar abscess?

How can I treat peritonsillar abscess?

ER and/or ENT: Most cases of peritonsillar abscess (pta) needs to be drained (usually with a needle) by an ENT or a trained er doctor. It isn't fun but it helps. You also need antibiotics (most often clindamycin) and potentially IV hydration and steroid medication. If you have recurrent pta, you might also be a candidate for tonsillectomy once healed up. Tonsillectomy during active infection is rarely done. ...Read more

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How do you treat an abscess on your gums?

How do you treat an abscess on your gums?

Abcessed gums: You need to be seen by a dentist to have your abcess treated. A diabetic is more sensitive to infections and the ones in your mouth are no different. Routine dental care is essential to managing diabetes. Brushing, flossing and listerine will help until you can get to the dentist. Call today and schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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How is a periodontic abscess typically treated?

How is a periodontic abscess typically treated?

Laser: We use a nd/yag laser for most of our periodontal treatment, including treating abscesses and periodontal swellings. No flaps or stitches, rapid healing, and an excellent tissue response. ...Read more

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How to treat an abscess caused by diverticulitis?

How to treat an abscess caused by diverticulitis?

Three Options: A diverticular abscess is a collection of pus resulting from an acute perforation of the colon after a 'tic ruptures. If small, (IV) antibiotics alone may suffice. If it is bigger than an inch-or-two, drainage (plus abx) is required. Ideally, drainage is done by an interventional radiologist via ct-guidance; however, if the abscess cannot be accessed in this manner, surgical drainage is necessary. ...Read more

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What happens it I don't treat a gum abscess right away?

What happens it I don't treat a gum abscess right away?

It'll get worse: It'll get worse and you may end up losing the tooth or even worse, end up in th er with a medical emergency. ...Read more

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My 58 yr old sister has a tooth abcess, it can not be treated till she is back to her country in 3 weeks. What to do in the mean time?

Recommend: Antibiotics in the interim and keep the area clean and hope for the best. No guarantees sadly. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to treat a Bartholin's cyst abscess?

How to treat a Bartholin's cyst abscess?

I&D: Incision and drainage is the best way to treat a Bartholin's abscess. This should be done by your gynecologist. It can be done in the office or at the hospital. ...Read more

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How is a dental abscess treated?

How is a dental abscess treated?

Semantics: If you mean solved, it means getting to the source of the problem and eliminating it via root canal, extraction, or periodontal treatment, depending on the cause. If you mean reducing the symptoms temporarily, that involves antibiotics. It may be that antibiotics are an essential part of definitive treatment, but in and of themselves, benefits are typically temporary. ...Read more

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How to treat a dental abscess?

Drain & Treat: An abscess in an active infection and must be eliminated as it is feeding the blood stream with bacteria to go everywhere the blood stream goes. Either the tooth needs to be removed or the infectious canal (home of the tooth nerve and blood vessel) needs to be cleaned out (root canal treatment). The infection area needs to be drained then an antibiotic may help. ...Read more

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Do I need to report pelvic abscess as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Part of Med history: It usually does go away with treatment, but it remains as an important factor in your medical history. The fact that you have had a pelvic abscess would increase your risk for future infections, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, and impaired fertility. Your doctors will be in a better position for future diagnosis and management by knowing all of your medical history. ...Read more

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How do you treat a dental abscess?

How do you treat a dental abscess?

See your dentist: A dental abscess can be related to decay and/or a periodontal problem/ recommendations for treatment will depend on what type of abscess you have. ...Read more

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How can you treat an abscess in my gum / infection?

How can you treat an abscess in my gum / infection?

See a dentist ASAP: For gum abscess drainage. Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A gum infection 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. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a large abscess in my stomach?

I&D+antibiotics: I assume you mean your abdominal wall. Incision and drainage of the abscess combined with appropriate antibiotics based on culture and sensitivity results on the pus. ...Read more

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Is a peritonsillar abscess treated with an antibiotic shot?

Partially: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious medical condition and aside from iv antibiotics for 10- 14 days, an ENT consult should be considered to evaluate for incision and drainage. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat this breast abcess?

Prompt med eval: A breast abscess requires prompt medical attention. Abscesses usually require incision and drainage. Please don't try to self-treat for this one. ...Read more

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Have hepatic abscess. Is amoxicillin used to treat?

Have hepatic abscess. Is amoxicillin used to treat?

Reasonable: We will often do one of several things when treating a liver abscess, one being to pull off some of the fluid and send it for culture. This will identify the bacteria involved. Amoxicillin is a reasonable choice as long as there is evidence that the bacteria involved are sensitive to this antibiotic. ...Read more

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How to treat an abscess in tailbone area without going to the doctor?

Need to see Dr: Abscesses are walled off areas of infection that require them to be drained by a dr. Antibiotic creams are not able to get into the abscess to kill the infection. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever treated a breast abscess?

Yes: The treatment involves drainage of the abscess (with a needle or a surgical incision) and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you treat more than one tooth abscess at a time?

Can you treat more than one tooth abscess at a time?

Depends on cause: Abcessed teeth may require root canal treatment or extractions if they cannot be
saved with root canal therapy. Multiple root canals and extractions can be performed if that is the recommended treatment by your dentist. If you can not get to your dentist right away, you should be on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Abscess / boil near my armpit -- how can I treat it?

Abscess / boil near my armpit -- how can I treat it?

Professional drain: Abscesses only have one treatment- drainage. The localized collection of fluid won't get penetrated by antibiotics. Go see a doctor that does minor in-office procedures to get it drained. ...Read more

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How is a pelvic abscess after a hysterectomy treated?

How is a pelvic abscess after a hysterectomy treated?

Depends: The location and cause of the abscess is of importance and so is the reason for your hysterectomy. However, the basic approach is the same. The infection needs to be drained in some way, and antibiotics are needed but can't do the job alone is most cases. See your gyn surgeon if you suspect this problem. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to live with a brain abscess if treated?

Brain: Absolutely, the key is early and aggressive treatment with antibiotics and in some cases surgery to remove the abscess. ...Read more

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My 15 yr old has an anal abscess, what are the proper ways to treat this?

My 15 yr old has an anal abscess, what are the proper ways to treat this?

He needs to see: A surgeon. For the time being you can have him soak his botom in warm water. It may spontaneously drain on its own and make him feel better but I will still recommend an exam by a surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of nausea after being treated for an abscess?

What is the best way to get rid of nausea after being treated for an abscess?

Ginger: A simple way to v nausea is w Ginger. You can drink nibble on crystallized ginger or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger & steep at least 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. Aromatherapy: Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Peitigrain (Citrus reticulata), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) are different citrus scents that can v nausea. ...Read more

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Urgent! I have what I assume to be a "dental abscess". What can happen if I don't get it treated right away?

Urgent! I have what I assume to be a "dental abscess". What can happen if I don't get it treated right away?

It can spread...: You can become swollen, you can be in a lot of pain, you can loose the tooth, and if the infection spreads you may need to be hospitalized. Why put yourself through all of that? Have it treated now and take all those other problems out of the equation. In the end, you will still need to see a dentist. Make the call... ...Read more

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Could an old drained abscess turn into a calcium build up? And can calcium buildups be treated with antibiotics?

Could an old drained abscess turn into a calcium build up? And can calcium buildups be treated with antibiotics?

Calcium in wounds: It is hard to tell what you have by your description. There is a condition called cutis calcinosis in which the healing process is noted to be complicated by calcification of the wound. There are other conditions that are associated with calcinosis. Seek help from your clinician, wound care physician or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Abscess or HS on my butt (middle). it is very painful, warm and causing my leg and back to hurt. Nothing eases the pain. How should I treat it?

Abscess or HS on my butt (middle). it is very painful, warm and causing my leg and back to hurt. Nothing eases the pain. How should I treat it?

Seek doctor: If this is an abscess antibiotic treatment will be needed. Seek medical attention for further evaluation. In the mean time apply a warm compress 15-20 min 3-4 x a day until seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small flap of flat gum, by my molar I can lift up with my tongue. It expanded from an abscess a while ago that's been treated, what is that?

I have a small flap of flat gum, by my molar I can lift up with my tongue. It expanded from an abscess a while ago that's been treated, what is that?

Why guess?: That's all we can do over the internet. See your own dentist who can actually examine you and determine what, if anything is wrong and how best to treat it, if necessary. ...Read more