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What can cause a skin abcess if there had been no break in the skin?

What can cause a skin abcess if there had been  no break in the skin?

Microscopic: Just because you can't see the break doesn't mean there wasn't one. Subcutaneous cysts can also get infected. The infection could be seeded from another part of the body, for instance access or cellulitis of the leg can be from a break of skin between the toes. ...Read more

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I have had a skin abcess, on the back of my neck for about a year. It goes and comes back. What can I do? I've been to the doctors aswell.

I have had a skin abcess, on the back of my neck for about a year. It goes and comes back. What can I do? I've been to the doctors aswell.

Surgical removal : Sounds like a sebaceous cyst that gets infected. Contact a general surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist to have it electively removed under local anesthesia in the doctors office. ...Read more

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Skin abcess 3-4 days ago, drained, now feel lethargic, nauseous, and low back pain but no fever ( temp actually lower than usual) help please?

Skin abcess 3-4 days ago, drained, now feel lethargic, nauseous, and low back pain but no fever ( temp actually lower than usual) help please?

Go back to doctor: It is unclear whether you were given an antibiotic, what the bacteria was that caused the abscess or how deep the abscess was. Sometimes bacteria can get into the blood stream from an abscess like this and spread to other areas of the body. Go and be seen again. ...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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I have an abscess I have tried everything to get it to come top a head anything else i can try?

Surgical drainage: Presuming that it is a skin abscess, it may be necessary to drain it surgically as it may not be able to rise through the tough, stratified layer of dry skin. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a skin abscess to heal?

Depends: It depends on the size and depth of the abscess, whether or not there is surrounding cellulitis and on the infection organisms. With the usual small staphylococcus aureus abscess it will usually heal a few days after the pus has fully drained. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting skin abscess?

Yes: Diabetic conditions or immune disorders can increase risks. Some people have unknown reasons with aggressive cystic acne or hidradenitis causing recurrent infections. Some resistant bacteria can be transmitted in families from one person to another. ...Read more

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Can an abscess be on another body part aside from the skin?

Can an abscess be on another body part aside from the skin?

Internal abscess: Inside the body. An abscess sometimes forms inside the body within an organ or in a space between organs. Various symptoms may occur, depending on the site of the abscess. An ultrasound scan, or other types of scan, can confirm a suspected abscess. ...Read more

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I started getting skin abscess a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting skin abscess a couple of days ago.  Will I be back to normal by next week?

How large?: It depends how large and how deep the abscess is. If it is large and needs an operation then it will take longer than 1 week. If it is small, one week should take care of it. ...Read more

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Hi I have a skin abscess for a year now. I have it in multiple places. Larger than 1/2 inch is it serious ?

Hi I have a skin abscess for a year now. I have it in multiple places. Larger than 1/2 inch is it serious ?

Maybe serious: It sounds like you may be carrying a virulent strain of staph or strep bacteria. Or if the abscesses are limited to certain areas like the groin or armpits, you might have hidradenitis suppurativa, an autoimmune disorder. Either could be serious. Culture tests for staph/strep and perhaps consultation with a dermatologist or infectious diseases specialist may be advisable. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i put ice on a skin abscess on my face?

Can i put ice on a skin abscess on my face?

Yes: Not ideal approach. For a skin abscess, especially on the face to heal, one needs the CD8 immunocytes circulating in the blood stream to identify the bacteria involved, recognize the threshold level of immunogen In the bacterial cell and attack and destroy the bacteria- the healing process. As such one needs warmth which increases the blood supply to the lesion and thus promotes healing. ...Read more

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What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

Gets better or worse: It will either get better on its own by opening and draining or by being absorbed by the body or it will get worse and need incision and drainage with antibiotic treatment. ...Read more