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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

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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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 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