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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

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 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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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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Do I use basic dial antibac soap 2 clean a lanced abscess from cellulitis? I was told no to hibiclens. I am taking bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) silver microbial gel ok??

Do I use basic dial antibac soap 2 clean a lanced abscess from cellulitis? I was told no to hibiclens. I am taking bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) silver microbial gel ok??

Yes: It's a very good idea to use dial wash the area, pat it dry and if u were to use the silver gel, use a very thin layer, making certain that u have no silver allergy. ...Read more

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Had first Abscess near anus, lanced/drained, 3months later abscess near groin, lanced/drained, think im getting another near anus again, why??!!

Had first Abscess near anus, lanced/drained, 3months later abscess near groin, lanced/drained, think im getting another near anus again, why??!!

Perianal fistula?: I would worry about an underlying perianal fistula, especially for recurrence near the anus and perhaps also the groin. A fistula is a defect in the rectum burrowing toward the skin. If so, more extensive surgery may be required to remove it. You also may need evaluation for underlying problems like inflammatory bowel disease. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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

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

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I just had an abscess lanced at the emergency room, but my face is even more swollen and red and the abscess is still there. Is this normal?

Abscesses/Cellulitis: An abscess is a collection of pus usually from a bacterial infection. When an abscess is lanced the collection of pus is released, but the bacterial infection, in this case *cellulitis, can probably still be there with the symptoms. Antibiotics usually resolve this and pus exits through the wound as the condition resolves. Local care with soap and water is recommended. No improvement, see PCP. ...Read more

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I had an abscess lanced 2 days ago near my groin area. It doesn't hurt much but it's still draining like crazy. I was told to remove the packing?

I had an abscess lanced 2 days ago near my groin area. It doesn't hurt much but it's still draining like crazy. I was told to remove the packing?

Wound care: It's true that you don't want to leave packing in place for too long-it will start to smell and become really grungy, so it must be changed. If it's already been 2 days, it REALLY needs to be changed now, particularly if it's foul. I hope they gave you some gauze or something to replace the packing with. Otherwise I would call right away for proper wound management. You don't want to neglect it. ...Read more

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Abscess lanced/packed week ago. Packing out 2 days. Still open w/ minimal drainage. Have harden area under the skin. Is this normal or do need see dr?

Abscess lanced/packed week ago. Packing out 2 days. Still open w/ minimal drainage. Have harden area under the skin. Is this normal or do need see dr?

Normal: It sounds pretty normal, but you can see a nurse just to check on the wound and /or dressings...
It can take some time for the drained abcess - now a wound- to heal. ...Read more

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Should I lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

Should I lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

No: This is way to difficult to do looking in a mirror, I would be concerned that you could do quite a bit of damage in your attempt.

This is a dental problem, you need to see your dentist asap to determine the exact cause of your abscess and perform the correct treatment and only prescribe the correct dose of the right medication.
See photo, this is a problem. ...Read more

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Should I lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

Should I lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

No: The "gum boil" is the result of infection trying to move to the area of least resistance. If you pop it at home without supervision then you risk spreading the infection. Amoxicillin typically takes 2 - 3 days to work. If it is not painful then be patient for a couple of days, it may go away. If not call your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Had a abscess lanced on my face yesterday, right above my lip the size of a silvr dollr. Should it still be swollen, red, hard and have puss coming out?

Had a abscess lanced on my face yesterday, right above my lip the size of a silvr dollr. Should it still be swollen, red, hard and have puss coming out?

Abscess swelling: It will take more than one day for the drainage and swelling to so side. If the situation worsens, or if it doesn't improve after 3-5 days, let your physician know. Warm soaks may be helpful. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an abscess to heal after being lanced?

How long does it take for an abscess to heal after being lanced?

Quickly: 7-1o if superficial. Longer it large abscess or extensive soft tissue infection. ...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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For the past year both me and my husband have been getting abscesses. We have to get them lanced but they keep coming back. We don't know what to do.?

For the past year both me and my husband have been getting abscesses. We have to get them lanced but they keep coming back. We don't know what to do.?

Recurrent abcesses: You and your spouse may be exposed to bacteria in areas that you go to...gym, grocery store etc. Wiping down objects with wipes, washing hands is important. Also you can try Hibiclens solution to wash your skin to remove bacteria. Try not to pick or scratch your skin as well. ...Read more

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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'm a CNA that works in a nursing home I got an abscess boil lanced and packed and I was wondering when would it be okay for me to return to work?

I'm a CNA that works in a nursing home I got an abscess boil lanced and packed and I was wondering when would it be okay for me to return to work?

Abscess: If it continues to drain then no. Was it cultured? It may be MRSA. See your doctor for guidance. You are right to try and not spread this to your patients. You may also carry the bacteria in your upper respiratory tract. All the best. ...Read more

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Abscess on right lower labia Majora/perineum for second time in little over year. Had it lanced last time, will have to again. What causing it recur?

Abscess on right lower labia Majora/perineum for second time in little over year. Had it lanced last time, will have to again. What causing it recur?

Bartholin gland: This appears to be a recurrent Batholin gland abscess which means that the infection is still present in the gland after lancing which smolders and later flares up. Antibiotics are typically given post lancing and a recommendation to have a minor surgical procedure to open the gland permanently (Marsupialization) would be in order to prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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There is an abscess that was lanced on the knee w/ gauze packed into it, I was not able to remove it myself b/c the wound healed over. Can I repoen the wound and try to pull it out or do I need to see a doctor?

There is an abscess that was lanced on the knee w/ gauze packed into it, I was not able to remove it myself b/c the wound healed over. Can I repoen the wound and try to pull it out or do I need to see a doctor?

You can try: Soaking it to see if the gauze will come out. Don't know how long the knee has been left with the guaze packing. If skin has actually grown over it - it may be best to have your medical provider assess and remove it. ...Read more