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Lancing An Abcess
On penicillian 4 days lanced tooth abcess but returned immediatly and swelling in eye. Pain decreased but numbness and swelling same. Back to er?
I and D: Yes, you need to go back for an evaluation and treatment asap. Most ER's have no dental specialist to treat you. You are better off seeing a dentist (probably an Endodontist or Periodontist depending upon the cause of the abscess). However, if you cannot get an appointment right away, go back to the ER. A change in dosage, frequency, or antibiotic + further treatment is probably in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just had an abcess lanced and a wick was placed in it should I use triple antibiotic on this while the wick is still in?
No need: It might not help to heal faster. Follow up with your doctor to remove or repack as needed in your case (generally 24-48 hours). If there is increasing redness, pain or warmth in that area then follow us asap. ...Read more
Had an underarm abcess lanced by dr. It's hasn't drained anymore since I left dr. It's still hard and warm. Is it still infected?
Underarm abscess: The definition of a skin infection like this includes: redness, warmth, pain and swelling. (Doctors have Latin names for this). Lancing an abscess is the proper treatment to cure it - but I wonder if the doctor got all of it? Since sometimes there may be 'pockets' that aren't opened up with the knife. I would check back with the doc since these symptoms need to resolve to be considered 'cured'. ...Read more
Had shoulder abcess lanced twice. Antibiotics too. Each time healed over fast.. Still very tender. Unclear whether lump is pus or thick skin. Hurts?
Varies but: I usually recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 7-10days and avoiding straddle type activity such as a bicycle for 14+ days or until comfortable. ...Read more
I got an abscess lanced. I went for a wound check up and they decided not to repack it and I'll just pull some out each day and cut it is that normal?
How do I prevent the clean dressing on a lanced abscess from sticking to the packing and pulling it out?
Vaseline gauze: you can find Vaseline gauze at drug store . Cover wound with that first then the bandage will not stick to gauze ...Read more
Won't cure abscess: Sometimes lancing gum boil (incision ; drainage) combined with antibiotics will help control spread of infection. To eliminate the infection, however, the tooth requires definitive treatment, either root canal/cap or extraction/implant/cap. Can't "cure" an abscess with a lance. Please see your dentist before infection spreads further. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
I had an abscess lanced and packed 2 days ago in ER by a PA. The abscess is even bigger and more painfull! Is it possible she overpacked it?
Abscess : Often abcess can have multiple septa and the PA may not have broken all of them and you may have a cavity that is growing. Increasing pain and size is concerning. Based on location you may need a formal surgerical intervention. Best of seek care and see if a surgeon can examine and determine what need to be done. Abx are needed for a short duration of the abcess is opened up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have gotten an abscess down their and it really hurt. I got it lanced&drained, but prescribed mupirocin, what am i supposed to do with it?
Sensitive subject: You can try doing it yourself with a mirror. A family member or close friend could also help. Another option is for your doctor to arrange a home visiting nurse. It is important to do the dressing changes properly, so the wound will heal correctly. ...Read more
Yes: An abscess is accompanied by inflammation. The drainage removes fluid (pus) associated with an infection, but the inflammation remains for a while after the drainage procedure. In fact, the drainage can cause more inflammation. Pain is a typical sign/symptom of inflammation. It should subside in a short time. ...Read more