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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Are some people more prone to getting skin abscess?

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.

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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


Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Can I exercise with a skin abscess?

Can I exercise with a skin abscess?

Yes: If you feel well you can exercise with a skin abscess. Avoid traumatizing the involved area.

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Carlo Contreras Dr. Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
14 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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?

You should be: Checked for systemic disorders such as diabetes or MRSA infection. You need a doctor to figure it out for you.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Bradley Peckler Dr. Peckler
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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How long does it take for a skin abscess with a hole to drain itself completely?

How long does it take for a skin abscess with a hole to drain itself completely?

Size matters: It would depend on how big it is and how much surrounding infection is about. Antibiotics? Hot soap running water over the area as many times as is convenient will help.

Dr. Michael Klein Dr. Klein
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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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.

Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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!

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. William Forsythe Dr. Forsythe
Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is it possible to get a new skin abscess right after you had one drained in the same spot?

Yes: Sure is, if all of the "shell" or bag containing the cyst did not get removed, then can and will return.

Dr. Michael Jones Dr. Jones
Family Medicine
18 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What can I do for my skin abscess without going to a doctor?

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.

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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