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How do I handle a torn abscess in my groin?

How do I handle a torn abscess in my groin?

No such term: Recheck the question. There is no such thing as a torn abscess. If there is an abscess present or one that has ruptured, it may need to be surgically drained. It will also require aggressive antibiotics. ...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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Had a groin abscess that keep coming back?

Had a groin abscess that keep coming back?

See a doctor: If you've had the abscess drained multiple times, you might need to see a general surgeon to open it up thoroughly, wash it out and leave it open to heal. You probably have infected pockets that are infected and not healing. ...Read more

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Is there medication out there, that is known to kill abscess in the groin?

Yes and No: A true abcess needs to opened and drained, antibiotics by themselves are not enough. It takes a combination and depending on what grows out of the abcess culture specific antibiotics for that infection can be used. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for recurring abscess in the groin? Can it be terminated forever ?

Yes: If it a simple abscess, it should be able to be excised after the acute infection resolves. It may represent a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa, a chronic infection that occurs in the groin and armpits. This generally needs to be completely removed surgically and the defect either skin grafted, allowed to heal on its own, or closed with local healthy tissue. ...Read more

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I thought I had an abscess but was told it's just on cyst on my groin. It's become very painful what type of Dr should I see for 2nd opinion?

I thought I had an abscess but was told it's just on cyst on my groin. It's become very painful what type of Dr should I see for 2nd opinion?

Maybe: It could be that it is still a cyst. They can grow and become rather painful, especially if they become infected. This does not make the initial diagnosis of cyst wrong.
If you are having a increase in pain then see your doctor again as it may need to be removed. ...Read more

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I've been having recurring abscess' for months on my groin. This time after one popped it left behind a deep bloody hole with pus still. What do I do?

Med evaluation: This may be a serious problems and warrants prompt medical assessment. I would contact your primary care provider and schedule an evaluation appointment. ...Read more

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Do lymph nodes abscess in groin area ?

Do lymph nodes abscess in groin area 
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Yes: Lymph nodes in the groin can get infected and become abscesses. All the best. They often require drainage. ...Read more

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Right side of groin area I have a swollen lymph nod painful to the touch - I just had a abscess removed is this normal?

Right side of groin area I have a swollen lymph nod painful to the touch - I just had a abscess removed is this normal?

Yes should improve: Reactive lymph node usually improve within 48 hours, if not better or getting worse then it may secondarily infected and may require drainage. ...Read more

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I have a reaccuring abscess in my groin area. I have had it cut open and drained three times. Returns without getting to the head. What can I do?

I have a reaccuring abscess in my groin area. I have had it cut open and drained three times. Returns without getting to the head. What can I do?

See doctor: This may be MRSA infection , or other etiology to consider. Various other immunological and infectious disease including std to be rule out , best advise to see your physician or infectious disease physician ...Read more

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Abscess groin in women. What type of doctor should I see?

Abscess groin in women. What type of doctor should I see?

See a doctor: Depending on where the pain is comming from maybe a gynecologist or an internal medicine. I would start with your peimary family doctor and they would be able to direct you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Rectal abscess 3 weeks after groin infection could they be related?

Rectal abscess 3 weeks after groin infection could they be related?

Anything possible: It would be essential to know the entire history, including your underlying medical conditions and what the "groin infection" was. It is conceivable that the rectal condition antedated the groin infection and was its first manifestation. It would also be helpful to have a history of diverticular disease, colitis, sexual preferences and many other factors. ...Read more

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Why would an rectal abscess appear with no other medical problems/4 weeks after drainage of groin abcess much pus?

Why would an rectal abscess appear with no other medical problems/4 weeks after drainage of groin abcess much pus?

May be unrelated: Anorectal suppuration ( infection) may lead to groin infections ( abscess formation) as lymphatic drainage anal cannal is to groin it is possible an undetected anorectal infection may appear as groin abscess first and later anorectal abscess later. ...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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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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I understand abscess has to be opened and drained but what if you have multiple abscess around both thighs and groin and some do not have a head ?

I understand abscess has to be opened and drained but what if you have multiple abscess around both thighs and groin and some do not have a head ?

Seeyour Family Doc: Do not open or drain anything until you see your family doc...Opening and draining may or may not treat the symptoms, but not the cause of the lesions. You need to have your doc examine you to determine the cause of the "abcesses" and have appropriate treatment or referral for treatment. ...Read more

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I had a groin abscess that opened and drained on its own. Now no more drainage but still a hard lump.

I had a groin abscess that opened and drained on its own. Now no more drainage but still a hard lump.

Watch and see: It is not uncommon for a lump of scar tissue to remain after an abscess drains itself. If it is not red or painful then it is likely to continue to get better. If it stays the same for more than 2 weeks or if it gets red and sore again please see your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have an abscess in the groin area which has become increasingly bigger and tonight it has been leaking blood. Will it need draining? Thanks

I have an abscess in the groin area which has become increasingly bigger and tonight it has been leaking blood. Will it need draining? Thanks

Seek urgent medical: Any abscess can lead to serious complications due to spreading infection.. Bleeding, if more than minimal also requires urgent evaluation and treatment. Unless you are already on antibiotics, you may need antibiotics as well as surgical drainage ( I and D) without anymore delay. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a painful red pimple like abscess on my groin area. It was popped and all is fine . Is this normal? I also am a dancer and sweat a lot.

Hi,  I have a painful red pimple like abscess on my groin area. It was popped and all is fine . Is this normal? I also am a dancer and sweat a lot.

Painful pimple : Nothing to worry about. It could be an ingrown hair. Would need to see it before diagnosis. As long as it has drained, no worries. ...Read more

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DH had abscess on groin,it was draining,but didn't heal,we went to clinic,they opened the wound 2days ago,today he is diagnosed fr diabetese? Plz help

DH had abscess on groin,it was draining,but didn't heal,we went to clinic,they opened the wound 2days ago,today he is diagnosed fr diabetese? Plz help

See endocrinologist: Hi. The abscess was treated appropriately and should heal now. Wording is odd...are you the patient? Guessing not since DH is a "he", and you are on BCPs. Patient (DH) needs to see a doctor for determination of type 1 vs. type 2, diabetes and dietary education, and management. The abscess will heel better with controlled blood sugar now that it's been incised and drained. Case a little unclear. ...Read more

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Thought it an abscess but was told by Dr that isn't but a cyst. It is extremely painful but they said bc on groin won't lance bc infection. What to do?

2nd opinion: If you have pain, swelling, or bleeding treatment should be available to help you. If you are not being helped, a 2nd opinion may be in order. ...Read more

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I've had an abscess ruptured in the groin area it's totally drained, but it's not healing, it's been rupture since about October last year and still h?

I've had an abscess ruptured in the groin area it's totally drained, but it's not healing, it's been rupture since about October last year and still h?

Surgical consult: ASAP- a nonhealing ruptured abscess may be spreading deeper or forming fistulas ( burrowing branches of infection. Please see you surgeon NOW!- this may required further surgery, bacterial culturing and aggressive antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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I have been getting what my dr calls abscesses on my inner thigh or groin area for about a year now I have been on so much medication and it doesn't seem to help the dr cuts them open and it goes away but in a few days or weeks a new one comes up around t

I have been getting what my dr calls abscesses on my inner thigh or groin area for about a year now I have been on so much medication and it doesn't seem to help the dr cuts them open and it goes away but in a few days or weeks a new one comes up around t

See a dermatologist: These abscesses might result from chronic inflammation of hair follicles or of the sweat glands in that area (this is called (hidradenitis). Many treatments can be helpful, including antibiotic lotions or chronic use of some oral antibiotics to decrease the bacteria, medications that decrease male hormone levels (for women), some acne meds, like acutane, or anti-inflammatory meds (steroids). ...Read more

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What if abscess keeps forming in your groin after a doctor already cut and drained one. For example it goes away and shortly come back.?

Cyst: Sounds like you have a sebaceous cyst or inclusion cyst in your groin area. If it hasn't been removed but just drained in the past then it usually will come back. Go see your doctor again, it needs to be removed. ...Read more

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Pain in groin sometimes a hard swollen lump that seems to go away when I lay down. Esp active durng menst. Tested for hernia + cyst/abscess.

Pain in groin sometimes a hard swollen lump that seems to go away when I lay down. Esp active durng menst. Tested for hernia + cyst/abscess.

Sound like a hernia: hard lump that disappear when you lay down sound like a hernia a lymph node or a cyst does not disappear that fast the timing with the menses could make it related to ovary if persisted ask for a gynecologist to perform laproscopic procedure they can see if there is a hernia and fix it and have the chance to evaluate the abdomen and the pelvis ...Read more

Groin (Definition)

The region or crease between ...Read more