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I have cellulitis with an abscess. They cultured the abscess 3 days after starting the antibiotic. Would bacteria still be present?

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In brief: Follow up

A bacterial culture can be negative if there has been correct antibiotic coverage for 3 days.
Typically an initial culture is taken prior to antibiotic coverage and one or more follow up cultures are then taken depending on the outcomes. Sometimes the antibiotic needs to be changed based on the culture results. Continue with all antibiotics as prescribed and follow up with your provider!

In brief: Follow up

A bacterial culture can be negative if there has been correct antibiotic coverage for 3 days.
Typically an initial culture is taken prior to antibiotic coverage and one or more follow up cultures are then taken depending on the outcomes. Sometimes the antibiotic needs to be changed based on the culture results. Continue with all antibiotics as prescribed and follow up with your provider!
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