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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

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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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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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'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

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Parotid gland abscess treatment in children?

Hospitalization: This is often treated with incision and drainage with accompanying intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between mumps and dental abcess in children and adults?

How to differentiate between mumps and dental abcess in children and adults?

Totally different: Mumps is a viral infection of the large salivary glands (parotid glands) in your cheeks and will cause swollen cheeks. A dental abscess is the result of an infection in a tooth and will result in swelling of the gum next to the tooth. Left untreated a dental abscess can eventually cause additional swelling in the cheek and/or neck. Your child should be seen by their pediatric dentist asap. ...Read more

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Is aptheous ulcers in children linked with abcesses on gums on a 10 year old girl like her pediatric consultant has said?

Is aptheous ulcers in children linked with abcesses on gums on a 10 year old girl like her pediatric consultant has said?

Aphthous ulcers: It's hard to comment on your question because first, we cannot examine your child and secondly we can't be 100% sure exactly why your "pediatric consultant" actually said. Even intelligent, loving individuals sometimes don't hear and repeat everything accurately. The cause of true aphthous ulcers is not fully understood. It most likely is related to a combination of stress and local irritation. ...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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I get bad abscesses in my inner buttcheek up to [email protected] 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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How do I cure an abscess?

How do I cure an abscess?

Get treatment: Don't fool around, the abcess is most likely causing septicemia, barrels in the blood system that can result in additional illness. ...Read more

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What works most effectively to do for a abscess?

What works most effectively to do for a abscess?

Antibiotics/drainage: An abscess is an infection. The body sends white blood cells to an infected area. The 'used up' white blood cells can accumulate in the area in
a pool of thick fluid that we call 'pus'.
Sometimes this pool needs to be surgically removed (drained).
Other times, antibiotics are all that is needed to control the infection. ...Read more

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I have abscess but it just formed. What do I do?

See a dentist: See a dentist asap for an evaluation and treatment. The longer you wait he more chance you have of increasing pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Abscess?

What is the definition or description of: Abscess?

Abscess: Abscess = Collection of pus within tissue. It is often related to infections. ...Read more

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Help please! Is an abscess ER worthy?

Help please! Is an abscess ER worthy?

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

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Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Yes: The treatment of choice for an abscess is general incision and drainage, however abscesses can resolve on their own without medical intervention. The usual progression is swelling to the point of spontaneous eruption, drainage, then gradual resolution. ...Read more

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How to alleviate abscess related toothaches.?

Treat the teeth: Have your local dentist treat the rotting teeth and your problems will become a memory. ...Read more

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What happens when abscess packing is removed?

What happens when abscess packing is removed?

See below: Abscess packing can be handled in 2 ways. The packing can be slowly advanced (removed) an inch or 2 each day until it falls out. The abscess packing can be removed and replaced daily. Packing is needed until the abscess is completely drained or the opening is large enough to stay open. When the packing is removed the wound and tissue defect closes and heals. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Anorectal abscess?

What are the risk factors for Anorectal abscess?

Rectal abscess: The most common predisposing factor is an anal fissure. Inflammatory bowel disease is possible, and a number of diarrheal infections could increase risk. If there is sexual activity involving your anus, especially penile penetration or vigorouf fingering, that's also a possiblity. Howeever, many cases occur without any of these particular factors; some are just random bad luck. ...Read more

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What is an abscess on the skin and what do I do for it?

What is an abscess on the skin and what do I do for it?

See below: An abcess is when bacteria invade deeper into the skin and create a pocket of infection that spreads into nearby tissue enlarging it. Antibiotics will not help. The treatment is having a doctor numb it up and open the top with a scalpel allowing the infectious pus inside drain out and removing any contents inside. This will relieve the abcess. ...Read more

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Could I wait a day or two to have an abscessed drained?

Don't know: Which part of the body you are referring to. You should avoid delays in treating abscesses as it can become worse (sometimes much worse over a brief period of time). ...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

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Retropharyngeal Abscess (Definition)

A collection of pus in the lymph nodes at the ...Read more