FAQ - Abdominal Abscess
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What are some reasons for a 75 year old man to develop an abdominal abscess?


Diverticular disease is probably the most common cause.

Other causes might include:

o Appendicitis
o Perforated Peptic Ulcer (Duodenal Ulcer)
o Parasitic Liver Abscess
o Pancreatitis - pancreatic pseudocysts and infection of these  (+ info)

What would cause an abdominal abscess in an 11 year old girl? What good will cephalexin do?


And where does the pus go if we don't (fingers crossed) have to resort to surgery?

My daughter developed a bulge in her lower right abdominal quadrant, quite tender to the touch. She is otherwise asymptomatic - no fever or nausea. She is just turned 11 and has not started menstruating. The bulge is the shape and size of a pinkie finger and is the region I'd assume her ovary is in. When she stands straight or lays down, it is visible.

The doctor said it's an abscess. She put her on cephalexin anibiotic on Friday and just told me to make sure the bulge goes down over the weekend. Natually, she's at her dad's this weekend...so I'm left here to stew and hang out on Answers! When I talked to her last night she said it seemed like it is the same size. The doctor says if it doesn't go down by Monday, we need to call her back and go in for ultrasounds, etc.

Any advice appreciated....
Companion (pre-diagnosis) question posted under Women's Health category. Thank you again!
THANK you so much. I thought the same thing and actually asked the doc about having an ultrasound before having her start the antibiotic. She said "They won't be able to see anything anyway."

Well this morning when I called, lo and behold, she said to have it ultrasounded! Whatever...I got an appointment first thing Tuesday AM. Will post results. Thanks again for answering!
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The doctor should never have made a diagnosis without doing tests before putting her on an antibiotic. This doesn't make any sense. Your daughter should have had an ultrasound first to see what it is. I don't think she has an abscess, if she did, it would need to be surgically drained and put on antibiotics. She may just have a big ovarian cyst and the antibiotic is not going to do anything for that. Usually cyst go away on their own. Make sure you call the doctor back on Monday and question her about the diagnosis. If she doesn't give you the answers you want, take her to another doctor or to your ob/gyn doctor..........Good Luck............  (+ info)

Question about abdominal lump bursting inside skin?


I felt a large lump above my pelvic region while lying down so I put my fingers around it and it felt like it burst into my abdomen. I did not even squeeze it hard I was just feeling it. Now my stomach hurts and I feel strange. Could it be a fat cell or cyst or is it what I fear a abdominal abscess?
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This could possibly indicate an oncoming case of Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever, please see your doctor for further information.

- Robert  (+ info)

recurrent abdominal abscess from hernia repair?


june 7 2005 i had a simple hernia repair from that date to the present july 11 2006 1 year 1 month later i have had 36 sergerys and spent around 220 days in the hospital trying to get rid of infections in the adominal area after a year on all types of infection medican there is no hope in sight they have removed around 60 abscess from my stomach most was above the stomach liner a few have been so big they have went into the muscles we have done all we could do to stop them from comming but nothing seems to work the infection just keeps spreeding to new areas and setting up new abscess i am 35 female with several past sergerys due to cervical cancer about 16 total befor this happened
TO ANSWER a few of the ? asked no mesh was used ...i am about 25 lbs overweight..... been to 3 diffrent teaching hospitals for 2nd and 3rd 4th opinions with no luck there was 7 diffrent infections when the culters came back and i have been to wound clinics where whirlpool and the chambers were used and wound vacs the infecyions have also been in my lungs,brain,kindys and blood all of these were taken care of by medication just the stomach is what we cant to stop the abscess continue to travel upward if it gets to my brest they say all we could do is remove them so at this point eny info will be so helpful maby even lifesaveing
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God How awful! What a survivor you are! I had 1 surgery with 2 meshes, and it took 2 weeks to really start healing. It was around Christmas time and I had a house full of relatives and no one except 1 was helping with the cooking for 5 days. Also the doctor had me cleaning out the incision with q-tips and contact lens solution (my husband's completely squeamish). I joked about "do it yourself surgery", but it's all nothing compared to what you are going through. I really don't know anything about your complicated situation, but I'm wondering did they try hyperbaric treatments? I hope something helps you start to heal, and stops the infection very very soon. Can you browse the current research on the Internet? For example, there's a company in Australia (Starpharma) that's producing a nanoparticle gel called VivaGel which can potentially block viruses (even HIV). It's been fast-tracked for clinical trials. I don't know if something like that would help. Just trying to help you think outside of the box a little.  (+ info)

How do I know when an abscess on my gum is healing?


I have an abscess that started on my gum and is slowly going backwards. The infection didn't start from a tooth (as the dentist's x-rays showed) and started from the surface of my gum. He prescribed me Penicillin and told me to check back in a week. Is the abscess still supposed to be turning white and draining throughout the whole week as it's healing or is that a sign the Penicillin is not working? Thanks!
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i would finish the penicillin course first and then see if the infectin goes away. During this time, i would keep the hygience in superb condition just to make sure the gum is healthy, assuming it's the gum problem not the tooth.  (+ info)

How can i get rid of a dental abscess on my own?


I Have a dental abscess and went to the ER a week ago, they gave me antibiotics and sent me home. I have no insurace but found a dentist that will pull the tooth for cheap. However, they won't pull it with the abscess and i can't afford to go back to the ER and it's not going away. Is there any home remedies?
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I had the same problem. After a week of antibiotics most of the swelling went down but I still had a large bump under my jaw and the dentist went ahead and pulled the tooth and gave me some really strong antibitoics. Its completely gone now and it was only pulled 5 days ago.

Your best bet is to get it pulled after your first round of antibiotics. I was given Amoxicillin 500mg the first time and it didnt clear it all up until after it was pulled.  (+ info)

What are natural remedies(home remedies) to treat an abscess?


I am having an abscess under the skin. I have been taking anti-biotics for it as recommended by the doctor but there is no relief.
I need to know any natural remedies to treat an abscess which is under the skin
I had heard that dipping a washcloth in a hot infusion of chamomile tea does some work. But the abscess just became red and softer. Is it bad or good?
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Add 1 cup vinegar to your baths(which you should take every night)
Put a small amount of anti biotic up your nose. I know it sounds gross, but that's what my doctor said to do
If the abscess is not responding to your prescription, then it might be MRSA, an anti biotic resistant strain of abscess. Discuss with your doctor about the possibility of MRSA testing. If it turns out to be MRSA, then they will probably change your prescription. Hopefully that will work.
Also, I know it hurts, but clean it every night. Also, if you're brave enough, STERILIZE your hands and just kinda take the scab off the top of the abscess. This should cause the pus to come out. Clean it up thoroughly, then throw away whatever you used to clean up the pus. This should relieve it a lot.
However, if the abscess does not go away after this, go to your doctor and they will lance it. It hurts, but it makes the abscess go away, and if none of the above stuff works, then your abscess will do nothing but get worse.
And make sure to keep the house clean, especially if you are living with other people.  (+ info)

How do you get rid of abscess in an already closed hip piercing?


My hip piercing has healed over, but inside of the scar i can feel abscess. How do you get rid of it?
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Visit your doctor.

Your doctor will be able to drain any abscess and give you antibiotics/care directions for the area.

DO NOT try to lance the abscess yourself.

It is possible that what you are feeling is just the tissue trying to heal itself. Since you cannot be sure on your own, see a professional and have it taken care of.

In the future, NEVER remove an infected piercing. If a piercing is irritated and must be removed, it needs to be carefully cleaned while it is closing so you don't end up in this situation again.  (+ info)

What is the difference between an abscess and a boil?


is an abscess and a boil treated the same way? what are the differences between them? What causes them to occur?
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Boils are caused usually by a bacteria. An abscess is caused by an infection witch causes swelling and should be looked at by a doctor or dentist, because the infection could travel through your body and then you're in trouble. Good Luck  (+ info)

What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated?


Specifically, if a skin abscess is fairly large, deep, red and painful and there is an associated fever, what are the consequences of not seeing a physician? Can this situation resolve itself on its own? And if not, what may happen as a result of the untreated abscess?
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It depends on what you've had done so far, a simple abscess is initially treated with 7 days of oral antiboitics, if after this point the abscess is still not resolving then incision and drainage in day case theatre is the usual next step.

If its deep, red and you've got a fever, u almost certainly need antiboitics and further assessment. The risk of not seeking help is progression to sepsis / skin loss and grafting.

Hope this hasnt scared you too much lol.  (+ info)

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