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Doctor insights on: Neck Abscess

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...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