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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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25-year old female. Slight fever, visibly pulsating vein in left side of neck, dental abscess. Could I have endocarditis and/or aortic regurgitation?

25-year old female. Slight fever, visibly pulsating vein in left side of neck, dental abscess. Could I have endocarditis and/or aortic regurgitation?

Maybe/not: These are diagnoses best made in the office or hospital setting.You may just have a bad tooth. If you feel bad enough go to the ER and have it checked out. ...Read more

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If an abscess in neck is left untreated, can you die?

If an abscess in neck is left untreated, can you die?

Yes: Neck infections can be life-threatening if left untreated. ...Read more

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If someone had a neck infection from an abscess would their WBC be high in a cbc?

If someone had a neck infection from an abscess would their WBC be high in a cbc?

Neck abscess: Yes white cells do go up in most bacterial infections on CBC and there is also rise in neutiphils in differential white count. ...Read more

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I have a boil / abscess on neck after intercourse. Help?

I have a boil / abscess on neck after intercourse. Help?

Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria to form an abscess (collection of pus/infection). When this happens, you may need to see a medical provider who may need to prescribe you antibiotics or incise and drain the abscess. Some home remedies may include a warm compress and ibuprofen. ...Read more

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I have a broken tooth and directly under it on the jaw line there is walnut sized lump pushing out near my neck. Is this an abscess or cancer?

Likely abscess: Get to the oral surgeon immediately. Tell them just what you said in this question. You may be developing a cellulitis which can be life-threatening. Go now. If you cannot get to oral surgeon, go to er. Do not wait. ...Read more

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I'm sorry, I have a abscessed tooth on the left lower side, ear ringing & left neck pain, can a abscessed tooth activate my MRSA? Should I go to ER?

I'm sorry, I have a abscessed tooth on the left lower side, ear ringing & left neck pain, can a abscessed tooth activate my MRSA? Should I go to ER?

Tooth infection: This should be immediately treated by your dentist. The ER may not have a dentist on staff and will only prescribe antibiotics, but the meds will not solve your dental issues. ...Read more

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My boyfriend keeps getting multiple abscesses on back on his neck, they are very painful . What could it be? They just keep coming, been doctors.

My boyfriend keeps getting multiple abscesses on back on his neck, they are very painful . What could it be?  They just keep coming, been doctors.

Recurrent infections: If your boyfriend really has been getting recurrent infections, i'd be certain to make sure he doesn't have any immunocompromise. A weakened immune system, whether it from hereditary or acquired, typically presents with recurrent infections. If he has done so yet, he should get checked for his immune system. ...Read more

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Can you please explain what is an abscess on your neck? By the cervical Vertebrae.?

Can you please explain what is an abscess on your neck? By the cervical Vertebrae.?

An abcess is: a collection of pus. It doesn't matter where it is. The location just may make it more difficult to treat as it may be harder to drain ... ...Read more

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Can abscessed tooth cause crick in neck?

Can abscessed tooth cause crick in neck?

Not directly...: If your tooth is painful, it can cause stress that can manifest in neck pain, especially if you are sitting or sleeping in an uncomfortable position. If you are developing neck swelling related to your tooth, please see an oral surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Is a drainage for an abscess expensive because I have one on my neck but I'm low on money...

Is a drainage for an abscess expensive because I have one on my neck but I'm low on money...

Abscess: An abscess should be drained. Look at your options in your community. There are often free or low cost clinics. All the best. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with TB three months ago. I've been taking myrin p for 3 months and just developed a cold abscess on my neck. What can I do?

I was diagnosed with TB three months ago. I've been taking myrin p for 3 months and just developed a cold abscess on my neck. What can I do?

See your MD: This is a new medication for treatment of pulmonary TB and consists of four ingredients: isoniazid, rifampicin, Pyrazinamide and ethambutol. It is considered a safe drug but TB is a very serious infection and you should be reporting any potential side effects either to your prescribing pulmonologist or infectious disease specialist. A viral outbreak like zoster can be ruled out by your md. ...Read more

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Can an abscess on your gums that look black cause your lymph nodes to swell in the neck and armpits?

Can an abscess on your gums that look black cause your lymph nodes to swell in the neck and armpits?

Possibly: Abscesses that cause a lot of swelling in the mouth are the type that can spread to neck lymph nodes . This then becomes a cellulitis and can spread along facial planes to the heart, or even upward to the brain. Any mouth swelling should be checked by your dentist. ...Read more

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Could an abscess tooth be causing intense headaches and neck pain?

Abcessed tooth: Yes it is possible that the accessed tooth causes sever headache and neck ache. If the abcess is severe, it can go into fascial spaces and can cause referred pain causing headache and neck ache. It is best to consult a dentist if you think you have abcessed tooth. ...Read more

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Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Sebaceous cyst: probably infected and you have gone too long without having it evaluated and treated. You may need a surgical excisional or drainage. Call for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Can an infected pilonidal cyst(abscess) make your lymph nodes swollen in neck?

Can an infected pilonidal cyst(abscess) make your lymph nodes swollen in neck?

No. : That's pretty far away Usually lymph modes in the same region will swell. But not far away in the neck. ...Read more

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Double tooth abscess treated with antib face neck swelling 3teeth need to be pulled no insurance jst health severe pain and slight swelln returned?

Recurrent tooth pain: There is no other option other than the removal of the 3 teeth to give you relief. Without insurance, extraction is the cheapest short term option. You have to have them removed, medicine isn't going to be any type of along or short term answer. ...Read more

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