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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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I had bartholin abscess twice,the last one was 2yrs ago.This time I had a vulvar abscess growth close to my bladder 5 days ago. Why having this?

I had bartholin abscess twice,the last one was 2yrs ago.This time I had a vulvar abscess growth close to my bladder 5 days ago. Why having this?

Recurrent infection: Sometimes some women get recurrent pubic infections that require chronic suppression with hormonal control or antibiotics. It would be worthwhile to discuss that with a doctor and see if you have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. Avoid shaving because that can irritate that skin. Also make sure you don't have diabetes or anything affecting your immunity predisposing you to infection. ...Read more

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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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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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Does Bartholin cyst just go away in time ?? Does abscesses go away in time?? Can I put it cold compress ??

Does Bartholin cyst just go away in time ?? Does abscesses go away in time?? Can I put it cold compress ??

Warm compresses: Warm compresses are better than cold to help the cyst drain. Bartholin's gland cysts sometimes go away on their own but sometimes they have to be surgically drained and packed in order to heal up. Any abscess that does not drain fully may need to be surgically opened and drained to resolve. If it is not resolving with warm soaks and compresses see a doctor. ...Read more

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