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Doctor insights on: Skin Abscess In Children

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Can skin cancer be found in the ear?

Can skin cancer be found in the ear?

Yes..: Sun damage is comon on the outer ear, and so skin cancers often occur there. However, skin cancers can occur in the ear as well. See your ENT for any suspicious lesions deep in the ears, especially if there are associated symptoms like pain, hearing trouble, ringing, or facial nerve weakness. ...Read more

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Cancer: Can being in the year round hot sun in Florida cause early cataracts and skin cancer?

Cancer: Can being in the year round hot sun in Florida cause early cataracts and skin cancer?

Florida living: A lifetime of increased UV sun exposure (not heat),wherever it happens,is associated with a few things, including an increased risks of possible skin cancer,so be checked by the doctor Another fact is that cataracts (that form in everybody if they live long enough) will start to form a few years earlier if you have a lifetime of increased UV exposure, but there are other factors so have fun in FL ...Read more

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Can baby acne spread to ears eyelids and head? Can erythema toxicum neonatum occur at 3-4 weeks and spread to those places as well? Red bumps and pus

Can baby acne spread to ears eyelids and head? Can erythema toxicum neonatum occur at 3-4 weeks  and spread to those places as well? Red bumps and pus

Rash in newborn: ETN is not likely the cause (usually in first few days to 2 wks). Neonatal acne is common and generally starts around 3 weeks of age. Yes, neonatal acne can cover the areas mentioned. Another common rash to be considered is seborrheic dermatitis - this rash will typically have flaky patches as well. No treatment for acne, severe seborrhea may be tx with low dose steroid (ask your pediatrician) ...Read more

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Can tapeworm infection become systemic? Can it invade the subcutaneous tissue (face, extremities, torso) in the form of swelling, tape-like drainage?

Can tapeworm infection become systemic? Can it invade the subcutaneous tissue (face, extremities, torso) in the form of swelling, tape-like drainage?

Can be serious: Pork tapeworms in particular can migrate to other parts of the body and cause damage in the liver, eyes, heart, and brain and these infections can end up being life-threatening.Otherwise we usually see nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite OR hunger,fatigue, weight loss, and vitamin deficiencies. Roundworms and hookworms are more likely,I believe,to cause cutaneous symptoms. ...Read more

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Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Yes: Mrsa may not necessarily be found in schools but any public area is a potential site for harboring this infection. One such site in schools especially is gyms- and on dirty gym equipment such as football gear that is not cleaned properly. ...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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Can rosacea occur in children?

Can rosacea occur in children?

Several things: Although anyone can develop rosacea, you may be at more risk if you have fair skin, light hair, and eye color. Are between the ages of 30 and 60, especially if you're going through menopause.Experience frequent flushing or blushinghave a family history of rosacea. Most people who suffer from this have "triggers" that set off the symptoms. These can be alcohol, spicy food or anxiety to name a few. ...Read more

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Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Yes: Do not pick off, clean gently with soap and warm water, or use warm compresses to sooth area, then apply topical bacterial cream/ointment and take oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can scarlet fever develop rashes around anus on children?

Can scarlet fever develop rashes around anus on children?

Maybe: The fact is that strep can be present in a peri-anal rash (pustular or blister like) and produce a full blown scarletina rash over the rest of the body. The tissue around the anus is just as susceptible to the strep germ as the throat and can be infected at the same time. ...Read more

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In cases of dryscabs from chickenpox is it safe to be around others and including children?

In cases of dryscabs from chickenpox is it safe to be around others and including children?

Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters). Infected kids are contagious from the day before until 6-7 days after they begin to break out. If all lesions are crusted & dry & the time frame is right, they are safe to be around. ...Read more

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White layered dry skin in head. If removed, it turns into black skin like rashes. 6 month before found and treated streptococcus bacterial infection?

White layered dry skin in head. If removed, it turns into black skin like rashes. 6 month before found and treated streptococcus bacterial infection?

Skin cancer?: When a skin lesion fails to heal and not associated with burning or itching, one should get checked for skin cancer. The fact that it was infected 6 months ago might be due to scratching thereby introducing bacteria into the lesion. It is only prudent to see a dermatologist to make sure that it is not a skin cancer. ...Read more

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How do you treat a wide spread fungal infection that as infected a large area of the skin including scalp, neck, chest, abdomen, lower back and groin?

How do you treat a wide spread fungal infection that as infected a large area of the skin including scalp, neck, chest, abdomen, lower back and groin?

First diagnosis: Health Tap clearly states that we do not treat or offer treatment advice. Your situation is extremely unusual and I would not trust anyone willing to give you medical advice without a thorough exam and significant blood testing. Then if this really is just a fungus then the professional diagnosing this twill know what to do. ...Read more

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Are kids with red hair and fair skin more likely to have eczema andcradle cap?

Are kids with red hair and fair skin more likely to have eczema andcradle cap?

Eczema: Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, but a defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system, are believed to be important factors. Studies have shown that in people with atopic dermatitis there are gene defects that lead to abnormalities in certain proteins (such as filaggrin) that are important in maintaining the. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take pus on swab in case of abscess in and around tonsil to detect bacteria?or simple saliva around abscess can detect bacteria?

Is it necessary to take pus on swab in case of abscess in and around tonsil to detect bacteria?or simple saliva around abscess can detect bacteria?

Abscess of tonsil: To get a good bacterial culture from the abscess it is necessary to use a culture swab on the pus itself. Getting a swab of the saliva around the area is not likely to get a good result. Additionally, if the abscess is drained with a needle, then the material from the syringe can be sent on culture swabs. ...Read more

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Can simple skin fungal infection become deadly in immune-compromised people?

Can simple skin fungal infection become deadly in immune-compromised people?

Potentially: If the 'fungus' is untreated; and the person is indeed immunocompromised then potentially yes; rare, but it occurs. ...Read more

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

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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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

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I got a small solid piece of something out of a skin abscess. What is it and is it normal?

I got a small solid piece of something out of a skin abscess. What is it and is it normal?

Hard to tell: This would be tricky without seeing it, but it could be a small piece of fat that has broken free from the infection. Or if this is an inflammed ruptured cyst rather than an abcess, it may be part of the cyst wall. Finally if the abcess is from a splinter or a foreign body it may be a piece of that. ...Read more

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What does the treatment of a skin abscess involve? Does it always have to be opened and drained?

What does the treatment of a skin abscess involve? Does it always have to be opened and drained?

Abscess treatment: Once the abscess begins to "come to a head" and it becomes more soft and fluctuant, lancing it to evacuate the pus and relieve the pressure is the best course of action followed by a medical professional. You will also be placed on antibiotics. ...Read more

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How does a hot pack help a skin abscess?

 How does a hot pack help a skin abscess?

A number of ways: 1. It increases local blood circulation bringing Red Cells) oxygen (healing) and White cells (immunity) to the lesion 2. Once the abscess opens from the hot packs alone or from incision and drainage (surgery) it helps remopve necrotic (dead) tissue a promotes healing! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a good home remedy for a skin abscess?

Abscess: If it is an actual abscess it should be surgically drained. However, moist heat may help to localize it in the meantime. ...Read more

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How long does it take for antibiotics to work for a skin abscess?

How long does it take for antibiotics to work for a skin abscess?

See below: The primary treatment of an abscess is drainage. Antibiotics can effect improvement in the surrounding soft tissue infection in 2-4 days but drainage is primary. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have a skin abscess? I am on antibiotics

Should I still go to work if I have a skin abscess? I am on antibiotics

Yes: You could keep the area covered with a bandage, and wash your hands frequently. Unless you work around very ill people in a healthcare situation, you are at low risk to other people at work or at home. ...Read more

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What can I do for my skin abscess without going to a doctor?

Nothing: Abscesses need to be opened, drained and likely followed up with antibiotics all of which should be directed by your doctor. I would not recommend home lancing of an abscess. ...Read more

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Are skin abscess near your anus dangerous while you are pregnant?

Are skin abscess near your anus dangerous while you are pregnant?

Not if treated: No these are not dangerous if treated appropriately and in timely way ...Read more

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