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Why Are Some People Prone To Skin Abscess
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sure is, if all of the "shell" or bag containing the cyst did not get removed, then can and will return.
Not if treated: No these are not dangerous if treated appropriately and in timely way
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