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Phlegmon Vs Abscess
How rare is a retropharyngeal phlegmon in a 6 week old baby? What other tests should be done to determine immune problems?
Not common.: Ent needs to be consulted to investigate a possible anatomical anomaly.
Phlegmon: A phlegmon is basically an early abscess, often involving a lymph nose that was draining an infection. Usually, antibiotics are enough, but if your symptoms progress, it may indicate that you have an abscess that needs to be drained.
Open & drain Vs med: Occasionally these respond to a warm compress with spontaneous drainage & oral meds can assist the process but many recur. Those that are large or located near the anal outlet often require incision and drainage. Some can be done in an office & some may require day surgery.
Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other.
An abscess: Is a manifestation of infection. It can go to the bloodstream and can adversely affect especially the ones with compromised immune system. Please see your dentist so you can get proper attention.See 1 more doctor answer
Only if severe: If you have an advanced signs such as rapidly progressing ballooning swelling, severe pain, difficulty breathing/swallowing, fever, etc., then you should consider seeing the er. If after hours and these signs are present, the er can possibly give you IV antibiotics and drain the swelling, but they will not provide the definitive care to resolve the abscess such as root canal or extract.