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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more