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Bartholin abscess - treatment time with antibiotics vs drainage?

Bartholin abscess - treatment time with antibiotics vs drainage?

Treatment time: For most abscesses, treatment is faster with drainage vs just taking an antibiotic. And, often, drainage is the only treatment that is needed. However, many physicians will use both approaches to try to clear an abscess. ...Read more

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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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Bartholin abscess removal or marsup...?

Bartholin abscess removal or marsup...?

Depends: Bartholin abscess is usually incised and drained at first diagnosis. Recurrence in less than 6 months usually leads to marsupialization procedure. New or recurrent symptoms in the bartholin gland after age 40 usually will lead to consideration of removal of the gland, due to increased risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
Once
If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Incision and drainage performed
once
Culture of pus performed
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Antibiotics by mouth & duration appropriate
once
Wound care instructions & list of supplies
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Bartholin abscess drained but am concerned about germs that caused it?

Bartholin abscess drained but am concerned about germs that caused it?

Normal bacteria: A bartholin gland abscess is caused by normal skin bacteria most of the time. Once it has been drained, normal antibiotics should be able to clear it up. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Soak in warm water for 20 minutes
3x day
Apply topical antibiotic
3x day
Consider visit to doctor to incise and drain abscess
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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for Bartholin's abscess or cyst?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for Bartholin's abscess or cyst?

No: The bartholin's duct cyst--abcess sometiimes can be opened and drained, but many times, to prevent it from returning the gland is surgically removed completely under anesthesia. ...Read more

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