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Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

Pus may be infection: Pus is formed when the body is fighting an infection. It may be a sign of a healthy immune system, ergo the term "laudable pus". Pus is full of white blood cells (which fight infection) and microorganisms causing the infection. However, when pus collects in a cavity it forms an abscess. Pus should be drained from wounds to help fight the infection and help the wound to heal normally. ...Read more

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Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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I drain pus there is hole now that means everything is out now(abscess)?

I drain pus there is hole now that means everything is out now(abscess)?

No: A pus hole is usually a carbuncle. Unfortunately it usually needs antibiotics and surgical removal. See a doctor for these. It does not heal up unless the entire hole/cyst is removed. Maybe you have something else that might just heal on its own. An infected cut?
Can try first aid cream and warm compresses.
See a doctor for complete diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have a sentinel pile above my af. The pile seems to have popped, and is draining pus quite a lot. Is this normal?

Fistula in ano: This sounds like an anal fistula
if I were you I would go and see a general surgeon or gastroenterologist to make a diagnosis and plan treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the back of my neck. And it's draining pus. What could that b?

I have a bump on the back of my neck. And it's draining pus. What could that b?

Pustule/abcess: Occasionally the oil glands or hair follicles are invaded by skin germs. Various forms of staph or strep are the most common agents. Staph more commonly stays local while strep causes redness & extends under the skin surface. A warm compress over the area increases blood flow and allows the body to heal itself sometimes, if it persists, your dr may need to open & drain it & rx meds. ...Read more

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My spider bites are filling with pus how do I drain them?

My spider bites are filling with pus how do I drain them?

How about seeking: Medical attention as depending on size they might need to be surgically drained. When was your last tetanus shot? If you don't know or it if has been more than ten years — than get another tetanus shot at the same time. ...Read more

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I had a cyst on my back that had to be cut and drained. I'm waiting for the culture but the pus was green does that indicate any type of bacteria?

I had a cyst on my back that had to be cut and drained. I'm waiting for the culture but the pus was green does that indicate any type of bacteria?

No: Gram stain and culture has to be resulted in order to treat correctly. Some people guess based on color or smell of pus. But, this does not have accuracy. ...Read more

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I had a boil that drained naturally. There's still a little pus coming out through the day. I am keeping it covered, but it looks like its getting big?

Get seen: An abscess can be sneaky. It can seem ok because it is draining but may have loculations that are not draining. Best to have this surgically drained and have the loculations broken up. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to drain pus from an infected toe?

Can there be a way to drain pus from an infected toe?

Yes: Try soaking in warm water with epsom salt to open up the area after the skin is soft.
If not see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Lump draining greenish pus behind tonsil, what to do?

Lump draining greenish pus behind tonsil, what to do?

Peritonsillar absces: A peritonsillar abscess is a formation of pus and infection around a tonsil. It can be extremely painful and cause problems with swallowing and breathing. It requires emergent evaluation and management by a trained physician. ...Read more

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Do I drain the pus from the lesion on my lip?

Do I drain the pus from the lesion on my lip?

Be careful: I would strongly consider you seeing a healthcare provider if there is an abscess(collection of pus) in and around your lip. You want to be careful in this area because it scars easily and if it is on your upper lip — in the so called danger triangle — there is a chance(rare) that a spreading infection could spread "back" towards your brain! ...Read more

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Toes hurt become swollen drain pus?

Toes hurt become swollen drain pus?

Infection: Need to incise and drain with antibiotics. Get medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea if I drain the pus out of my wart myself ?

Is it a bad idea if I drain the pus out of my wart myself
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Yes: Depending on where the wart is it can be dangerous for you to self treat it. If the wart has pus and is infected that is not normal. You should see a health care provider immediately. ...Read more

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If my pus filled gum fistula drains by itself does this present a larger problem than one that does not?

If my pus filled gum fistula drains by itself does this present a larger problem than one that does not?

Good if drains: Hippocrates said ' where ever pus let it out ' Yes it is good if pus drains out, see your doctor and follow instructions ...Read more

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I have a wart that was frozen off by the doctors and it is inflated and has pus inside should I drain it or leave it alone?

I have a wart that was frozen off by the doctors and it is inflated and has pus inside should I drain it or leave it alone?

Return to your doc: You likely have an infection — probably a small abscess. Whenever the skin is "broken", it leaves the person vulnerable to infection from bacteria that is normally located on the skin. I am assuming that the wart was removed recently. Return to your doctor so it can be inspected, and it may be treated with antibiotics and/or drained cleanly. ...Read more

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Is it possible vulval hidradenitis lesions drain blood/clotted blood instead of pus, and 'drip' blood from lesion? Recurrent in same area?

Is it possible vulval hidradenitis lesions drain blood/clotted blood instead of pus, and 'drip' blood from lesion? Recurrent in same area?

Hidradenitis: What you are trying to describe is not unusual for this condition, as abscesses can be bloody affairs. Sometimes patients with conditions that are chronic tend to self treat and diagnose themselves, as do many patients with chronic hidradenitis. It may be time for an examination to make sure the blood clots are not from any other source. ...Read more

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My tooth abcess poped and now pus in draining. Am I in any danger right now? I heard I can die is that true? Should I go to the emergency room?

My tooth abcess poped and now pus in draining. Am I in any danger right now? I heard I can die is that true? Should I go to the emergency room?

Abcess: You do not need to go to ER but you do need to see a dentist ASAP. You have an infection that needs to be treated. It will not get better without treatment. ...Read more

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