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On penicillian 4 days lanced tooth abcess but returned immediatly and swelling in eye. Pain decreased but numbness and swelling same. Back to er?

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 more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

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Why is hibiclens not ok to use to clean my wound from having my infected abcess lanced?

Why is hibiclens not ok to use to clean my wound from having my infected abcess lanced?

Abcess: Draining an Abcess is usually curative. Using hibicleans after lancing will possibly kill off your natural microbes which help prevent infection by bad microbes ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Had shoulder abcess lanced twice. Antibiotics too. Each time healed over fast.. Still very tender. Unclear whether lump is pus or thick skin. Hurts?

Had shoulder abcess lanced twice. Antibiotics too. Each  time healed over fast.. Still very tender. Unclear whether lump is pus or thick skin. Hurts?

Resistant bacteria?: Was the abscess material cultured to be sure you were given the right antibiotic? The other possibility is that it's healing too quickly, and needs to have a wick put in to allow longer drainage time. ...Read more

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How long after an abscess lance can you return to work ?

How long after an abscess lance can you return to work ?

Depends: Depends on what kind of work you do, where it was lanced, how large it was, and if there were any complications or surrounding infection. Some i send the next day, some weeks later. ...Read more

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How long after an anorectal abscess is lanced, is it ok to exercise?

How long after an anorectal abscess is lanced, is it ok to exercise?

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

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Do you know the benefits to not packing a lanced abscess and is it a good way to heal?

Do you know the benefits to not packing a lanced abscess and is it a good way to heal?

Needs packing: The abscess cavity needs to have a light wicking from packing material, but it does not have to be jammed packed with the packing material. If you don't keep the top open from an abscess, you run the risk of having that close up before the abcess cavity gets to fill in. ...Read more

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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?

 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?

Depends: It depends how deep the abscess is and if it is loci later or not. The wiser coarse is to see your doc and follow your symptoms to make sure that your infection does not recur. ...Read more

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How do I prevent the clean dressing on a lanced abscess from sticking to the packing and pulling it out?

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

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I had an abscess lanced over a week ago, it was packed and drained. The packing came out and the draining stop (before the packing fell out). My cultu?

I had an abscess lanced over a week ago, it was packed and drained. The packing came out and the draining stop (before the packing fell out). My cultu?

Ok: As long as the drainage stops, don't worry about the packing. If you do not get healing by the end of 6 weeks or pus reforms again in the lesion, contact the doctor again. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a tooth abscess be lanced?

Please tell me, could a tooth abscess be lanced?

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 more

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I had an abscess in my armpit and got it lanced and it's still opened. What do I need to do?

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

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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?

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 more

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How can I get help packing lanced peri-anal abscess?

How can I get help packing lanced peri-anal abscess?

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

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The morning after having an abscess lanced, is it normal for area to be sore?

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