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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Retropharyngeal Abscess (Overview)

A collection of pus in the lymph nodes at the back of the throat.


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What's the best treatment to get rid of a retropharyngeal abscess?

What's the best treatment to get rid of a retropharyngeal abscess?

Throat abscess: A retropharyngeal abscess is an infection with a large pocket of pus in the back of your throat. It is usually painful and, if large enough, may obstruct your breathing. The only reliable procedure is surgical drainage by an ENT physician. In some cases just draining the pus with a needle may be enough. Antibiotics are also used in treatment, but are not effective enough when used alone. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
19 Doctors shared insights

Retropharyngeal Abscess (Overview)

A collection of pus in the lymph nodes at the back of the throat.


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What is the definition or description of: retropharyngeal abscess?

What is the definition or description of: retropharyngeal abscess?

Retropharyngabscess: Fascial layers in head and neck allow muscles and soft tissue glide over each other with ease. Since these layers lay on top of each other, potential space can be created in between them. There are many potential spaces in the head and neck. Retropharyngeal space is between buccopharyngeal fascia and alar fascia. Serious infections can arise from teeth infection and travel to this space. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Can you have retropharyngeal abscess with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

Can you have retropharyngeal abscess with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

No: You would likely have significant symptoms. Fever, malaise, sore and difficult swallowing. If a doc told you this was the diagnosis, you should be hospitalized and have a drainage procedure. The specialist involved with this abscess is an ENT doc. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for retropharyngeal abscess?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for retropharyngeal abscess?

An ENT Doctor: This abcess in the throat should be treated bythe specialist. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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What's the best treatment to get rid of a retropharyngeal abscess?

Throat abscess: A retropharyngeal abscess is an infection with a large pocket of pus in the back of your throat. It is usually painful and, if large enough, may obstruct your breathing. The only reliable procedure is surgical drainage by an ENT physician. In some cases just draining the pus with a needle may be enough. Antibiotics are also used in treatment, but are not effective enough when used alone. ...Read more

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I get bad abscesses in my inner buttcheek up to 3@ time and it’s only blood/popped and days later I get them again same area been going on for a while?

I get bad abscesses in my inner buttcheek up to 3@ time and it’s only blood/popped and days later I get them again same area been going on for a while?

Staph? Hidradenitis?: This could be recurent boils etc due to staph, strep, or other bacteria. Another possibility is hidradenitis suppurativa, an inflammatory conditions that behaves a lot like infection but antibiotics don't help. Discuss with your doctor -- or perhaps see a dermatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abscess?

What are the symptoms of abscess?

Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the affected part. There may be fever, malaise etc. Depending on the location and size of the abscess. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abscess?

What sort of problem is an abscess?

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

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How to ease abscess pain for a baby?

Med tx: Acutually, if a baby has an abscess - that warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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What should I do for abscess I popped?

What should I do for abscess I popped?

Find a dentist: The abcess was likely be caused by a bad tooth or nerve. This has to be addressed by a dentist, it will not heal on its own, nor can you permanently treat it in any way. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have abscess?

Could it be something bad if I have abscess?

Painful infection: An abcesses is a localized painful infection amd can be treated easily with minor incision amddrainage. There will be discharge forva few days until infection resolves and it will leaveca scar. ...Read more

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What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

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

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Could abscesses disappear on their own?

Not likely: While other infections can be cleaned and healed by our immune system, abscesses are like a cyst = walled off and resistant to the normal immune response ...Read more

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What is an anal abscess?

What is an anal abscess?

A pain...: ...In the butt caused by pus under the skin of your anus (butthole). ...Read more

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What causes anal abscess?

What causes anal abscess?

Possibly a: Tear can occur in the lining of the intestine near the anal opening. Could be from injury or straining with constipation. Can rarely be associated with crohn's disease. Infection builds up inside and works itself toward the outside causing painful red swelling externally, outside the anal opening. ...Read more

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What is a spinal abscess?

What is a spinal abscess?

Infection: An abscess is a localized area of infected tissue, usually secondary to a bacterial infection. If this involves the vertebral column or is within the spinal canal, this could be very dangerous and life threatening and would require emergency treatment. ...Read more

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Is rectal abscess curable?

Is rectal abscess curable?

Yes but: It requires surgical drainage and local hygiene as well as antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is an epidural abscess?

What is an epidural abscess?

Infection: When you get infection in epidural space, it could be from epidural catheter, back surgery or could be spontaneous. ...Read more

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How do you get gum abscesses?

How do you get gum abscesses?

Poor dental hygeine: By not keeping your teeth and gums clean. Make sure you brush at least twice daily and floss your teeth! flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent dental carries (chronic infection of the gums). It's a hard habit to start, but once you start... It's well worth the effort and your teeth will thank you! ...Read more

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Is anorectal abscess curable?

Yes: This is manageable with surgical drainage and antibiotics in combination, but important to determine why the abscess occurred and to make sure that other associated conditions are not overlooked. ...Read more

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What is peritonsillar abscess?

What is peritonsillar abscess?

Infection: A peritonsillar abscess is an infection around the tonsils an is sometimes a complication of tonsillitis. ...Read more

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What could cause psoas abscess?

What could cause psoas abscess?

Infection elsewhere: Used to be TB was major factor. Now it is more from appendicitis, kidney infection, diverticulitis, spine infection. ...Read more

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Do peritonsillar abscesses hurt?

Do peritonsillar abscesses hurt?

Yes: Peritonsillar abscesses cause local pain in the throat, trismus (difficulty opening the mouth), and voice changes. They typically begin as a bad tonsil infection. If you suspect one, you should seek help from your doctor as soon as you can for treatment. ...Read more

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What causes perirectal abscesses ?

What causes perirectal abscesses ?

Several causes: They can be caused by superficial gland infections, or by abnormal connections between the rectum and the skin, called a fistula. ...Read more

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Does talc help stop sweat abscess?

Does talc help stop sweat abscess?

Baby powders: Certainly trying to improve bodily hygiene should reduce the incidence of boils, abscesses and skin irritation. I'm not sure though I can fully recommend talc, as there are concerns about longer term health effects with those products. Keeping 'dry' and practicing good hygiene (frequent showers/baths) should reduce the germ counts on your skin that can cause these types of troubles. See dematology ...Read more

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Do narcotics work on abscess pain?

Somewhat: Narcotics will decrease the pain of an abscess somewhat, but treatment with drainage and/or antibiotics is required. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with a skin abscess?

Can I exercise with a skin abscess?

Yes: If you feel well you can exercise with a skin abscess. Avoid traumatizing the involved area. ...Read more

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Do I need to get an abscess drained?

Not necessarily...: Most dental abscesses can be treated with antibiotics and cleansing in some way. At times, dentally, extraction is needed. Since the inception of my dental practice in 1986 we may have had perhaps two dental abscesses drained. ...Read more

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How to care for my abscess drainage?

Clean and dry: After you have an "i&d" or an "incision and drainage" for an access, care is very simple. If you have had packing placed in the hole, that packing should be checked and changed by a physician at least one time after it is done initially. Once the packing is removed, warm soaks or sitz baths can be used to help continue to promote drainage and healing. Anti inflammatory meds can help as well. ...Read more

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Is fat necrosis or abscess dangerous?

They're different: Fat necrosis is typically painful but jot dangerous. Abscesses can be dangerous if not properly treated. ...Read more

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How to know when a tooth is abscessed?

See your dentist: At first, the tooth will likely be sensitive to chewing and biting, as well as to heat and cold. You also may develop a fever, swollen lymph nodes in your jaw or neck, or swelling on your face. The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a gum abscess?

How do I know if I have a gum abscess?

See a dentist: Loose gum, bleeding, puss, pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal abscess?

What are the tests for spinal abscess?

X-ray and MRI: Mri is the gold staderd to diagnose spinal abcess. ...Read more

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How can I treat peritonsillar abscess?

How can I treat peritonsillar abscess?

ER and/or ENT: Most cases of peritonsillar abscess (pta) needs to be drained (usually with a needle) by an ENT or a trained er doctor. It isn't fun but it helps. You also need antibiotics (most often clindamycin) and potentially IV hydration and steroid medication. If you have recurrent pta, you might also be a candidate for tonsillectomy once healed up. Tonsillectomy during active infection is rarely done. ...Read more

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Could I remove my abscess drain gauze?

Could I remove my abscess drain gauze?

Wound care: It is a good idea to change the dressings on a wound when they are contaminated or visibly soiled. Hopefully you have a Wound Nurse or someone you can coordinate with- since you want to practice clean technique and of course minimize any pain that might occur. I would expect too you have a follow-up with the doc who did the surgery - so I would call there if you don't have any outpatient resources ...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


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more