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A large thigh abscess develops at the surgical site after a femoral artery embolectomy, is incision and drainage the only treatment required?

A large thigh abscess develops at the surgical site after a femoral artery embolectomy, is incision and drainage the only treatment required?

Yes: An abscess, or collection of infected fluid should absolutely be drained. If left undrained, it could compromise healing if the opening in the artery, and the suture line could blow out leading to a high risk of death. Call your surgeon immediately! An infection of the skin without and abscess is best treated with antibiotics. ...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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I have a really painful abscesses on my thigh, what should I do?

I have a really painful abscesses on my thigh, what should I do?

Dermatologist: Get to a dermatologist asap. A proper diagnosis followed by proper treatment with antibiotics and drainage will probably be the treatment. Also prevention will be discussed to mitigate future problems. ...Read more

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I am suffering with an abscess on my thigh at the moment and have been given a honey dressing to put on the wound, is this safe to use?

I am suffering with an abscess on my thigh at the moment and have been given a honey dressing to put on the wound, is this safe to use?

Honey dsg ; abscess: Do not place a honey dressing on an abscess. You need to see a doctor (primary care physician, urgent care, emergency room) for evaluation of the abscess and consideration of incision and drainage and/or antibiotics. Then a sterile dressing may be placed and changed daily or twice daily. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

I have tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

Not necessarily: Once the infection is adequately treated you will not have an active MRSA infection. Your skin has been colonized with MRSA and no one can really know if you will always have it. There are eradication protocols for people who carry MRSA in their nares. I would say that about 1/3 of the people I see in the hospital have MRSA. It's not something to be ashamed of. ...Read more

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On The Inner Side Of My Thigh I have Something That Could Possibly Be A Boil Or Abscess, It showed Up Out Of Know When I Woke Up This Morning.

On The Inner Side Of My Thigh I have Something That Could Possibly Be A Boil Or Abscess, It showed Up Out Of Know When I Woke Up This Morning.

Foliculitis: Staph folliculitis in a groin or inner thigh area is common, and sometimes requires local incision and drainage. Please seek medical care to prevent further spread of infection, since MRSA is also possible ...Read more

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I have an abscess on my thigh close to where my underwear lies and the core of it is at the head of the opening but wouldn't come out....what do I do?

I have an abscess on my thigh close to where my underwear lies and the core of it is at the head of the opening but wouldn't come out....what do I do?

Incise and drain: You need to see your doctor who will incise and drain this abscess and then commence antibiotics. Please do not perform this at home as you can end up causing further infection and cellulitis ...Read more

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I understand abscess has to be opened and drained but what if you have multiple abscess around both thighs and groin and some do not have a head?

I understand abscess has to be opened and drained but what if you have multiple abscess around both thighs and groin and some do not have a head?

Seeyour Family Doc: Do not open or drain anything until you see your family doc...Opening and draining may or may not treat the symptoms, but not the cause of the lesions. You need to have your doc examine you to determine the cause of the "abcesses" and have appropriate treatment or referral for treatment. ...Read more

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I have been getting what my dr calls abscesses on my inner thigh or groin area for about a year now I have been on so much medication and it doesn't seem to help the dr cuts them open and it goes away but in a few days or weeks a new one comes up around t

I have been getting what my dr calls abscesses on my inner thigh or groin area for about a year now I have been on so much medication and it doesn't seem to help the dr cuts them open and it goes away but in a few days or weeks a new one comes up around t

See a dermatologist: These abscesses might result from chronic inflammation of hair follicles or of the sweat glands in that area (this is called (hidradenitis). Many treatments can be helpful, including antibiotic lotions or chronic use of some oral antibiotics to decrease the bacteria, medications that decrease male hormone levels (for women), some acne meds, like acutane, or anti-inflammatory meds (steroids). ...Read more

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What could cause an obese person to have abscesses around his inner thigh muscles?

Friction: In an obese person, skin to skin friction at innet thighs while walking, exercising etc., can cause local irritation which weakens skin barriers and lead to local infection ...Read more

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I keep getting abscess on my thigh whyvis this happeing and also I hv a cyst on my forehead that I can drain sometimes should I get it removed?

Abscess: Recurrence of abscesses in the same site generally suggests that either the drainage and antibiotics were not effective, or that there is some as of yet undiscovered focus from which the abscess originated. This needs discussion with your doctor. If you have a repetitively draining cyst it should be examined by a dermatologist and diagnosed and treated based upon their findings. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you put fucidin cream on abscess? I have one at the crease of where my upper thigh meets my right buttock. Its like a very painful but not white.

Can you put fucidin cream on abscess? I have one at the crease of where my upper thigh meets my right buttock. Its like a very painful but not white.

Open or closed?: An abscess is a collection of pus. If you have a skin abscess and it has not yet opened, no medicine on the skin will help. If it is swollen but pus has not formed, then moist heat can sometimes help. In many cases it is wise for a doctor to drain it--see one! If it HAS opened, then the drainage of pus is the only thing needed for it to start healing; keep it clean and open as best you can. ...Read more

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Abscess on inner thigh ±1 cm. Area around is red&tender. No pus yet. Causing discomfort when walking. What to do to get the pus out? Will neosporin help?

Abscess on inner thigh ±1 cm. Area around is red&tender. No pus yet. Causing discomfort when walking. What to do to get the pus out? Will neosporin help?

See MD: Neosporin will not help. You need to go to see your doctor to see what it is- lymphadenitis vs abscess vs other. Antibiotic should help. If there is a large abscess and if antibiotic does not help-then incision and drainage may be needed- in addition to antibiotic. But go to see your doctor first. ...Read more

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How long after having 2 shots of vodka should I wait before I start taking my bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for abscess on my thigh?

How long after having 2 shots of vodka should I wait before I start taking my bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for abscess on my thigh?

Problem: You should not be drinking alcohol, now. Interaction with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is only one issue, not based on when you take it, and not the pre-eminent issue. Alcohol suppresses your immune system, and therefore your recovery from an infection. Question: did your use of alcohol contribute to your getting the abscess? (You wouldn't be expected to know, but it may be worth thinking about.) ...Read more

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Have 1/2 dollar size abscess on inner thigh. Red/Painful. On Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) X 1 week. No change. How long does it take to go away?

Have 1/2 dollar size abscess on inner thigh. Red/Painful. On Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) X 1 week. No change. How long does it take to go away?

Needs to be lanced: I am sorry to tell you but antibiotics do not make an abscess go away. You need to see a doctor and have it opened an drained in order for it to resolve. ...Read more

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Doxycyline is an antibiotic that the e.R doctor prescribe fotr a abscess that I have on my inner thigh towards my vagina. The medicine makes me vomite?

Doxycycline: Doxycycline makes many people have nausea and vomiting. It is not an allergic reaction. There are probably other antibiotics that could be used that would not bother you. Enquire. Quite often just draining an abscess will fix it - no antibiotics required. ...Read more

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Abcess on thigh got it operated now can u tell me what to do for follw up?

What procedure?: They probably drained the abscess, sometimes leaving packing material inside the cavity. If they did, you need to return to the doctor to remove packing and make sure all the contents are out. Watch for signs of infection, redness, swelling or warmth to the touch. You would need antibiotics at this point. ...Read more

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I have a absess on my inner thigh that comes and goes frequently it stinks?

I have a absess on my inner thigh that comes and goes frequently it stinks?

Probable cyst: This sounds like a sebaceous cyst, or furuncle. By "comes and goes" do you mean that it drains occasionally? This is a typical cyst with sebum, or a waxy interior that can become infected with staph. It can be treated with lancing and drainage and/or antibiotics, but best treatment is removing the cyst and capsule, so it will not recur. This is usually a simple office procedure. ...Read more

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There is a problem in my leg becaz automatically wounds is develop and develop to abscesses?

There is a problem in my leg becaz automatically wounds is develop and develop to abscesses?

Leg infections: Yes there is a problem? Are you diabetic? Do you have a vascular problem? Do you smoke? You you drink excessively? Do you have a chronic skin infection ---- please get yourself evaluated. ...Read more

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I have an abscess on my leg and now is a big hole do I need to go get checked in there a way to send you a picture?

I have an abscess on my leg and now is a big hole do I need to go get checked in there a way to send you a picture?

Abscess?: I am afraid a picture of your wound will not help you. If the wound is not healing, you need to see a physician to diagnose its cause and formulate a treatment plan to heal it. A non-healing wound can be due to a serious problem. Get help at an ER or physician's office as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a small cyst on leg for 15 yrs. Turned into abscess and after taking ab, it got mostly better. The incision hole has not sealed. Thoughts?

See a doctor: There may be residual portions of cyst or scar tissue, you may have a chronic low grade infection with a fistula forming, and the risk of not treating is that it can involve surrounding tissue progressively. A dermatologist would be a good place to start if your pcp does not know what to do. ...Read more

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Abscess or HS on my butt (middle). it is very painful, warm and causing my leg and back to hurt. Nothing eases the pain. How should I treat it?

Abscess or HS on my butt (middle). it is very painful, warm and causing my leg and back to hurt. Nothing eases the pain. How should I treat it?

Seek doctor: If this is an abscess antibiotic treatment will be needed. Seek medical attention for further evaluation. In the mean time apply a warm compress 15-20 min 3-4 x a day until seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have multiple accessed on your inner thighs? There are multiple abcesses on my inner thighs and when one would rupture and drain, it'd heal but then grow back. Also the skin on my inner thighs is much darker than everywhere else

What does it mean when you have multiple accessed on your inner thighs? There are multiple abcesses on my inner thighs and when one would rupture and drain, it'd heal but then grow back. Also the skin on my inner thighs is much darker than everywhere else

Sounds: Sounds like you should see a dermatologist. You might have hidradenitis suppurativa, which is a chronic condition where one gets "boils" or "abscesses" in the groin, between the buttocks, armpits, and under the breasts. But, without seeing this, it is hard to know for sure. Sounds like you need some treatment to settle this down. ...Read more

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I have a boil on my inner thigh what do I do?

Apply heat: This is the first treatment for almost any boil, and it should be done 20' 4-6x daily and with moisture if possible (warm washcloth or compress) to encourage circulation to the area and drainage of any pus. If this doesn't work, you could need for it to be lanced. If by "inner thigh" you mean vulva, in or adjacent to labia, then you should still use heat, but should also see a doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a boil on my right thigh. What is dat?

Infection: Boils are caused by a skin infection of one of many glands or hair follicles that causes an intense inflammation in the skin. They are usually treated by antibiotics and fortunately resolve quickly. Gentle cleansing is helpful. Avoid alcohol, peroxide, dakin's as these do not help. Sometimes they drain, other times, they need to be drained. Your doc will help make that decision with you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a boil on my inner thigh it hurts so bad! What are some home remedies that I can try first before going?

Heating Pad: Apply a heating pad to the area. Not for minutes--but for hours. Also, ask a druggist for a "drawing salve, " which helps coalesce the boil. Don't squeeze it, as it may drive the abscess deeper into the tissues. Just allow it to "point" and rupture on its own. After it ruptures, use lots of soap and water. ...Read more

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I have a hard mass along the inside of my leg. I've been on omnicef (cefdinir) for a possible abscess, didn't work. I'm lost.?

I have a hard mass along the inside of my leg. I've been on omnicef (cefdinir) for a possible abscess, didn't work. I'm lost.?

NEEDS I&D of abcess: A 'painful mass' is a sign of an abcess and the best treatment is 'incision & drainage' (I&D) of the infected material. Please get seen for this procedure. Antibiotics usually can not cure a large abcess, sorry. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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I have a boil the size of a dime on my inner thigh but it hurts very badly. Should I go to the er?

Try a hot pack: You could go to an er, but an urgent care clinic would be much cheaper and likely give equal treatment. You can try hot packs, warm towels, or heating pad to try an increase blood flow to the area and help your body heal it. Sometimes boils heal faster if they are lanced open so they drain faster. ...Read more