Abscess incision and drainage





Definition

An abscess is an infected skin nodule containing pus. It may need to be drained via an incision (cut) if the pus does not resolve with treatment by antibiotics . This allows the pus to escape, the infection to be treated, and the abscess to heal.


Purpose

An abscess is a pus-filled sore, usually caused by a bacterial infection. The pus is comprised of both living and dead organisms. It also contains destroyed tissue due to the action of white blood cells that were carried to the area to fight the infection. Abscesses are often found in the soft tissue under the skin such as the armpit or the groin. However, they may develop in any organ, and are commonly found in the breast and gums. Abscesses are far more serious and call for more specific treatment if they are located in deep organs such as the lung, liver, or brain.

Because the lining of an abscess cavity tends to interfere with the amount of drug that can penetrate the source of infection from the blood, the cavity itself may require draining. Once an abscess has fully formed, it often does not respond to antibiotics. Even if the antibiotic does penetrate into the abscess, it does not function as well in that environment.


Demographics

Abcess drainage is a minor and common surgical procedure that is often performed in a professional medical office. Accurate records concerning the number of procedures are kept in private medical office rather than hospital records. For these reasons, it is impossible to accurately tally the number of abscess incision and drainage procedures performed in a year. The procedure increases in frequency with increasing age.

This lung abscess is a build-up of fluid near the lung (A). To drain it, the patient is placed on his or her side, and an incision is made (B). A rib is exposed (C) and cut (D). The fluid in the abscess is suctioned (E), and the incision is closed around a temporary drainage tube (F). (Illustration by GGS Inc.)
This lung abscess is a build-up of fluid near the lung (A). To drain it, the patient is placed on his or her side, and an incision is made (B). A rib is exposed (C) and cut (D). The fluid in the abscess is suctioned (E), and the incision is closed around a temporary drainage tube (F). (
Illustration by GGS Inc.
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Description

A doctor will cut into the lining of an abscess, allowing the pus to escape either through a drainage tube or by leaving the cavity open to the skin. The size of the incision depends on the volume of the abscess and how quickly the pus is encountered.

Cells normally formed for the surface of the skin often migrate into an abscess. They line the abscess cavity. This process is called epithelialization. This lining prevents drugs from reaching an abscess. It also promotes recurrence of the abscess. The lining must be removed when an abscess is drained to prevent recurrence.

Once an abscess is opened, the pus drained, and the epithelial lining removed, the doctor will clean and irrigate the wound thoroughly with saline. If it is not too large or deep, the doctor may simply pack the abscess wound with gauze for 24–48 hours to absorb the pus and discharge.

If it is a deeper abscess, the doctor or surgeon may insert a drainage tube after cleaning out the wound. Once the tube is in place, the surgeon closes the incision with simple stitches and applies a sterile dressing. Drainage is maintained for several days to help prevent the abscess from reforming. The tube is removed, and the abscess allowed to finish closing and healing.


Diagnosis/Preparation

An abscess can usually be diagnosed visually, although an imaging technique such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or ultrasound may be used to confirm the extent of the abscess before drainage. Such procedures may also be needed to localize internal abscesses such as those in the abdominal cavity or brain.

Prior to incision, the skin over an abscess will be cleansed by swabbing gently with an antiseptic solution.


Aftercare

Much of the pain around an abscess will be gone after the surgery. Healing is usually very rapid. After the drainage tube is removed, antibiotics may be continued for several days. Applying heat and keeping the affected area elevated may help relieve inflammation.


Risks

Any scarring is likely to become much less noticeable as time goes on, and eventually become almost invisible. Occasionally, an abscess within a vital organ (such as the brain) damages enough surrounding tissue that there is some permanent loss of normal function.

Other risks include incomplete drainage and prolonged infection. Occasionally, an abscess may require a second incision and drainage procedure. This is frequently due to retained epithelial cells that line the abscess cavity.


Normal results

Most abscesses heal after drainage alone. Others may require more prolonged drainage and antibiotic drug treatment.


Morbidity and mortality rates

Morbidity associated with an abscess incision and drainage is very uncommon. Post-surgical problems are usually associated with infection or an adverse reaction to antibiotic drugs prescribed. Mortality is virtually unknown.


Alternatives

There is no reliable alternative to surgical incision and drainage of an abscess. Heat alone may cause small superficial abscesses to resolve. The degree of epithelialization usually determines if the abscess reappears.

See also Incision care ; Wound care .


Resources

BOOKS

Bland, K. I., W. G. Cioffi, and M. G. Sarr. Practice of General Surgery. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2001.

Braunwald, E., Longo, D. L., and J. L. Jameson. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 15th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Goldman, L., and J. C. Bennett. Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 21st Edition. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1999.

Schwartz, S. I., J. E. Fischer, F. C. Spencer, G. T. Shires, and J. M. Daly. Principles of Surgery, 7th Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 1998.

Townsend, C., K. L. Mattox, R. D. Beauchamp, B. M. Evers, and D. C. Sabiston. Sabiston's Review of Surgery, 3rd Edition. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2001.


PERIODICALS

Cmejrek, R. C., J. M. Coticchia, and J. E. Arnold. "Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management of Deep-neck Abscesses in Infants." Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 128(12) 2002: 1361–1364.

Douglass, A. B., and J. M. Douglass. "Common Dental Emergencies." American Family Physician, 67(3) 2003: 511–516.

Usdan, L. S., and C. Massinople. "Multiple Pyogenic Liver Abscesses Associated with Occult Appendicitis and Possible Crohn's Disease." Tennessee Medicine, 95(11) 2002: 463–464.

Wang, L. F., W. R. Kuo, C. S. Lin, K. W. Lee, and K. J. Huang. "Space Infection of the Head and Neck." Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, 18(8) 2002: 386–392.


ORGANIZATIONS

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. One Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3357. (703) 836-4444. http://www.entnet.org/index2.cfm .

American College of Surgeons. 633 North St. Clair Street, Chicago, IL 60611-32311. (312) 202-5000; Fax: (312) 202-5001. Web site: http://www.facs.org . E-mail: http://post master@facs.org.

American Medical Association. 515 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60610. (312) 464-5000. http://www.ama-assn.org .

American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 405 W. Grand Avenue, Dayton, OH 45405. (937) 222-8820 or (800) 455-9404; Fax (937) 222-8840. Email: info@aocoohns.org.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 85 W. Algonquin Rd., Suite 550, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. (847) 290-9184; Fax: (847) 290-9203. http://www.fascrs.org . Email: ascrs@fascrs.org.


OTHER

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, (April 4, 2003). http://www.fascrs.org/brochures/anal-abscess.html .

Merck Manual, (April 5, 2003). <http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/section6/chapter74/74a.htm� 3E; .

National Library of Medicine, (April 4, 2003). <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001353.htm ; .

Oregon Health and Science University, (April 4, 2003). http://www.ohsu.edu/cliniweb/C1/C1.539.830.25.html .

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, (April 4, 2003). <http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/peds/pidl/neuro/brainabs.htm> .


L. Fleming Fallon, Jr, MD, DrPH

WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURE AND WHERE IS IT PERFORMED?


Abscesses are most commonly incised and drained by general surgeons. Occasionally, a family physician or dermatologist may drain a superficial abscess. These procedures may be performed in a professional office or in an outpatient facility. The skin and surrounding area may be numbed by a topical anesthetic.

Brain abscesses are usually drained by neurosurgeons. Thoracic surgeons drain abscesses in the lung. Otolaryngologists drain abscesses in the neck. These procedures are performed in a hospital operating room. General anesthesia is used.

QUESTIONS TO ASK THE DOCTOR


  • How many abscess incision and drainage procedures has the physician performed?
  • What is the physician's complication rate?

User Contributions:

Dawn
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Mar 12, 2008 @ 8:08 am
this was very helpful info, thanks it answer my concerns.
Virginia
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Nov 30, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
MY HUSBAND JUST HAD A DRAIN INSERTED IN HIS ABDOMEN TO DRAIN A ABSCESS AFTER HE DEVELOPED AN INFECTION AFTER GALLBLADDER SURGERY. THE GUNK THAT WAS DRAINING WAS CHOCOLATE BROWN IN COLOR BUT NOW IT HAS TURNED BRIGHT RED. SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED?
Girly
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Dec 23, 2010 @ 12:00 am
I have a question/concern.

I have been having a probem with 2 abscesses and a fistula. I'm at the tail end of this painful ordeal. I'm not sure what can be done regarding 2 small cavities in the anus that developed.
Stool collects there often causing pain and discomfort. I have to manipulate it out of the area.
Could you tell me what could be done to correct this probem? I would be happy if the operating team could clean the area and use crazy glue at this point and time. I heard they are using it at time with other procedures. No staples, and stitches. Please let me know. I have not been able to find any info regarding this online.
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Jan 30, 2011 @ 2:02 am
i have a question,
An abscess has formed on my breast after I stopped breast feeding. I breast feed for a week then had to stop because it was painful, i then started back up with a pump but because i thought i could take care of mastitis on my own an abscess formed. This all happend in 3 weeks. Anyways the abscess had popped yesterday while i was waiting in the hospital to get it drained. I was sent home and told to keep a warm damp cloth on it an make sure i let it keep draining. While in the hospital it drained so much, it was a very light green color. When i got home from the hospital i let it drain some more, but less and less came out. A little more green then it turned to a brownish redish color, then to a dirty clearish color, now watery like blood comes out. How do i know when its all drained? Does the watery blood mean everything is out and is ready to be healed?
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Feb 3, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
i was wondering if you could help me i had a dainage just before xmas i am into my second month my abscess was on the left inside of my bum cheek i am finding that when walking a little to much i am getting pain and discharge i am worried that it hasnt heeled underneath as the nurse said it is very soft still i also get blood at times i am worried that some infection is still underthere as it can become very sore

thanks kelly
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Mar 8, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
hi i had an abscess a year ago and had it drained at a hospital but now the spot is black and there is like a large lump inside what is that and what can i do cause this is really unattractive
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Apr 6, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
I have a concern

A female family member had a abscess surgically drained on the outside of her labia.It has been days,she has a small open incision and is longer draining,but continuous to c/o pain and surrounding skin is red and swollen,Is this normal after post-op surgical removal of the abscess?
cherie
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Apr 17, 2011 @ 5:05 am
I just recently had my abscess drained under my armpit .
just wondering if i need to leave the padding on whilst showering or it doesnt matter if water can get into the tube . ?
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Apr 24, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
I had an absess surgically removed two weeks ago, I had a nurse here for a week to pack the wound. It has now been a week since it was last looked at I have been on keflex 500 mg for two weeks and have noticed today the wound has become very uncomfortable and slightly sore, I am worried I have an infection of the absess is coming back. Could this be a part if it's healing?
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Jul 11, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
I am at my whits end i had an abscess drained in my armpit over a year ago which got badly infected and has hindered the healing process after one year i still have puss that i need to push out of the whole that hasnt closed up still i get burning pains down my arms and am in so much pain i have since had another 3 in the last month does anyone else have this problem ive been on every antibiotic out there :(
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Aug 16, 2011 @ 3:03 am
CAN YOU BILL FOR REMOVAL OF RETAINED DRAIN OF THE BREAST? SURGERY WAS A WEEK PRIOR
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Sep 4, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
i just got a breast Abscess incision and drainage on my left breast its been 2 weeks since i had it done i whanet to know if it will be safe to smoke marijuana???
Ann
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Sep 16, 2011 @ 7:07 am
I have an abscess on my lower lip. The doctor gives me general anesthesia, but it doesn't seem to help the pain anymore. Basically, what he does is squeeze my lip until the puss comes out and helps it sometimes on the way out. I have had this procedure done yesterday and today. How many times does it usually take for an abscess to completely drain? Also, are there any alternatives?
kavi
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Sep 28, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
i have done my breast operation to remove pus from my left breast. its been almost 4 month n still it is little bit area is hard . but now it hve started paining me again.today the wound has become very uncomfortable, I am worried I have an infection coming back. Could this be a part if it's healing?
doctor hve give me a antibiotics again now what this all again? why it is paining me?
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Oct 2, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
I had an abcess drained 1 and a half month ago after that first month I had a check up n I formed a small bruise under the incision the doc put acid in the incision said because a cavitys is built now I got another hole in da center of the bruise a week after that he put acid again he said if this don't cure it he's going to cut the canal I've been real careful don't hurt like it used too I'm scared is it getting better?? Its still a bit hard round da breast
ma
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Oct 10, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
I have been reading on here the stories. They are alot like my situation. I woke up one morning and my breast was hurting really bad. I needed relief so I pushed on my breast and infection came out of my nipple. It was a relief but then when I called the dr. on Monday they wanted to see me right away. Of course by then I had fever. So I am terrified wondering if I have cancer. Anyway get to dr and they do culture and send me to surgeon to have her ck it out. They put me on antibiotics and can't get in to see surgeon until like a wk later. Boy it seemed like a yr. When I get to surgeon she looks at it and says well we are going to have to lance it to get all of the infection out. That was so painful. No cancer. Thank the Lord. Well it has been about 4 months now I still have pains already had to be put bk on antibiotics because my cut came bk open. Tried to clean house when I thought I was better. Guess not. I pray everyday to the Good Lord above I get well and stay well and never go through this again. God is great and I feel he will heal me.
teresa dawson
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Nov 1, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
i had an abscess in my groin surgicaly dranied and left open 2 weeks ago now it is still open and i now use gel for the healing process but have noticed there is a yellow substance on the plaster that has a bad odour :( is this from the gel or is it infected? i have also found another abscess on the nside of my thigh on the same leg, will i now be prone to them?
ceecee dove
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Jan 27, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
my dad had gall bladder removed almost 3 years ago and has been in pain ever since. doctors kept giving him pain relief telling him it was normal. my dad has a high pain thresh hold. 5 motns ago a new doctor joined the surgery and the old one left. he sent my dad for xray. well my dad has an abscess between his liver and lung. it has taken 5 months for them to give him an appointment to drain it. when he arrived for the appointment they could not drain it as it has gone hard. now my dad has a chest infection. what will happen next. what will they do for him. how will they take out this hard abscess. he is on morphine now. i am so worried. he has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer 6 months ago. they cant go any further with the cancer treatment until this abscess has been removed. we are all so worried and my dad thinks they are leaving him to die
Sam
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Feb 14, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
i have had my lung drain tube removed for about 2 weeks. The incision has still not closed but is really open. I keep a dry gauze bandage on this daily. Should i be concerned it haw not closed up yet?
Alexis
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Feb 15, 2012 @ 12:00 am
hi i just has a laproscopy for my appendix to be removed a few days ago and now i have some pain where my incision is on the top of my bellybutton and i have developed really black and blue bruising directly below my bellybutton on my stomache and i am having a lttle bit of brownish fluids coming from the incision on the top of my bellybutton. should i be worried?
Norma Avila
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Mar 15, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
I am recovering from surgery on my spine for staph abcess.
Cultures still reflect negative, which is a good thing.
Altough, MRI w/contrast nots the following:
Fluid collection which is hypointence on the T1-weighted scans centered to the right of midline in the paraspinous soft tissues and subcutaneous fat extends from the C5-6 level to the T5 level as before. This fluid collection is of uncertain nature. It may represent a seroma, but coud also represent an abcess. An extensive are of abnormal enhancement is presentin the posterior soft tissues of the lower neck and back within the laminectory defects and about this fluid collection and beyond them. This abnormal enhancement is probably in part due to postoperative change, but could also in part be de to inflamation and possibly an infection. Abnormal enhacement is also present in the face joints and facets at the Tl708 levekl and may be due to infection of these facet joints. This enhancement is of uncertain nature but could cionceivably be due to infection of one or more of these joints. Persistent fluis collection centered to the right of midline in the paraspinous sot=ft tissues and subcutaneous fat exteding from C5-6 level to the TF level which may be due to seroma but which could also be due to an abscess. Exxtensive area of abnormal enhancement of the soft tissues of the posterior lower next and back which is probably in part due to postoperative change but which could also be due to inflamation and possibly infection. Enhancement of the facet joints at the T-8
Barbara
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Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:11 am
My son had surgery in 1970 for bladder and where the drainage tube was has opened up and bleeding and pus coming from there.You can see the open hole there, have you ever heard of this and what should we do? Thanks, Barb
clifford lobo
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Jul 28, 2012 @ 12:00 am
I UNDERWENT COLOSTOMY AND AFTER DISCHARGE FROM THE HOSPITAL I GOT FEVER 100.4 AND THE CT SCAN SHOWED LIQUID COLLECTION - PUS ABT 80CC AND IT WAS DRAINED AND THEN UNDER ULTRA-SOUND 180CC WAS DRAINED. FROM THE SONOGRAPHY SYRINGE DISCHARGE TOOK PLACE 4 TIMES A DAY AND NOW THERE IS NO PUS LIKE DISCHARGE BUT BLOOD-WATER TYPE WHICH IS VERY LITTLE BUT AFTER PRESSING AROUND THE AREA ABT 5ML BLOOD-WATER DISCHARGE IS OBTAINED. THE AREA IS VERY CLOSE TO THE STOMA. IF INCISION DRAINAGE IS DONE IT WILL TAKE TIME TO HEAL AND BEING VERY CLOSE TO THE STOMA MIGHT GIVE A PROBLEM.

FOR REVERSAL OF THE STOMA WILL THIS DISCHARGE CAUSE ANY SUBSEQUENT SURGICAL PROBLEM? WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR REPLY. THANKS.
Rakeesha
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Oct 22, 2012 @ 8:08 am
I had an abscess drained about 2 months ago and I am still bleeding to date and pus is still coming out. I've been back to the doc for follow-ups and check ups and the doctor keeps telling me that I'm fine and there's nothing wrong. Is this normal? I want to take the doctor up for medical negligence as she said this abscess keeps coming back every 6 to 12 months and she had advised me that she sent the drainage for testing and the results came back normal. She also assured me that it will not come out again. Thus, I am still in pain, still bleeding and pus is still coming out :-(.

Please provide me with some advice and assistance.

Thanks
stephanie
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Nov 13, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I recently had surgery and now have a tube for drainage and not due for removal for 2 wks. I'M Worried that though it's not as swollen it's not draining as much and its still swollen and still painful. I've been putting a heating pad on it. Should I be worried?
Rachel Raynes
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Nov 17, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
I just had a breast abscess lanced 3 days ago and the area around the abscess is still very hard and read. It would be nice to know what the typical look and feel of a correctly healing abscess is. My wound leaks breast milk and is located at 8 o'clock and measured 3x4cm
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Dec 19, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
I work for a glass company in florida. Last monday i had a shooting pain while lifting a piece of glass that wirghs around 90 so pounds. I was rushed to the er because i could not sit and was in bad pain. The er dr. said it could be a small tear hernia or strain. I ask for them to do a scan they told me no w.c would take care of it. Seen another dr. a day later which he told me it was a spilt abdominal muscle ask for a scan they tell me it not necsarry do to him "knowing what is was. That sat. I was rush to the er again because i woke up do to a sharp pain and blood coming from my bellybutton the er told me i was fine and did not do a scan after i asked for one because my white bllod cell count came back normal. Finally after six days from the incident they decide i should have a scan done it comes bac as abscess. Dr. gave me some antibiotices as im eriting this im haveing serve pain and a green and mostly blood puss coming out i asked them if they had to lance it they said no. Im wondering what it is and what should i do thank you
yolanda
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Apr 16, 2013 @ 11:11 am
Is it normal to have severe back pain after having a abscess surgically removed from left side of spine 6months after the surgery my back is always in pain do it have to do with my muscles getting stronger had to learn to walk again to after surgery. I was paralize for like three weeks walking with a cane now trying to get stronger also in therapy twice a week
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Apr 21, 2013 @ 8:08 am
My mother is 74 and had diverticulitis and therefore now has a colostomy. Six months after her surgery, she woke up one morning bleeding (puss stuff & blood) from her belly button. This was going on for two months and the doctors informed us that the is a fistula on her internal stitches from the surgery that she had. I am not sure though if this is treu or if it is hernia. Can any body tell me if hernia does cause puss and bleeding from the belly button? Has this happened to anybody?
laura
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May 16, 2013 @ 6:06 am
i had my groin drained about 2 weeks ago, it has almost finished healing but now there is a hard spot under where the incision was, what is this? scar tissue? if not what is it and what should i do?
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Jul 16, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
I GOT AN ABSCESS AND DO NOT KNOW HOW I GOT IT.

IT IS LOCATED ON MY UPPER RIGHT LEG, BELOW MY BUTTOCKS ON THE SIDE OF THE LEG.

IT IS SO UGLY AND DISGUSTING.

I HAVE BEEN TAKING CEPHALAXIN EVERY SIX HOURS AND THE PUS IS GONE, BUT WHAT REMAINS IS A SMALL HOLE.

I WANTED TO KNOW HOW IT WILL HEAL AND CLOSE OFF OR DO I NEED STITCHES.

I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

PLEASE HELP.

THANK YOU.



HPS
Linda
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Oct 3, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
I had abscess removed 28 days ago through surgery the size was 3" wide 1.5" deep. it was on my groin area. I pack it every day, it does not seem to be healing as I cannot notice it getting smaller . My surgeon seem happy 2 weeks ago however I don't see him for 5 more days. I just would like to know if anyone out there has had such a large one removed and how long it took to heal. They told me 4 to 6 the day I had the surgery then two weeks ago my dr said 4 to 6. I do hurt to sit up and it still burns at time tho taking the gauze out does not hurt. Any advice or comments would be great. I only don't hurt when laying flat and not moving. The pain is not like OMG I am going to die, it does however keep me from doing much of anything.

Thank you
Linda
Lisa
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Nov 17, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
Hi. I had a perirectal abscess so I went to the ER they did an I&D and gave me iv Vancomycin and Zosyn. Two days later I had drainage tube put in. A week and a half later they took it out. That was Nov. 5th. It is now Nov. 16th and I'm still having drainage and it is still slightly swollen. I'm not sure if its filling back up or not. I'm not sure if I'm getting a fistula or not. I'm so scared. I'm a vegan so I get tons of fiber. I also only eat organic veggies and organic fruits. I've been shooting for at least 46 grams of protein a day. I can't tell if this is just the healing process or if it is refilling and I can't afford to go back to the doctor. Do you have any advice?
Ari
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Jan 15, 2014 @ 10:22 pm
Hi Alexis(20) - it sounds like you might have an infection. I would gt that checked out ASAP. My sister had same issue & it turned she had an abcess & she had to have it drained. Additional pain & longer recovery time & more time away from her family has resulted from this abcess. Good luck to you!
Mary Foster
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Feb 19, 2014 @ 9:09 am
I have a sister-in-law who had a hernia repaired using mesh in Aug.2013.About a month after she had surgery she started having abcesses around her incision with drainage.She has been on oral antibotics for months for 7 days she had taken antibotic shots twice a day.For 22 days she has had Intraveuos antibotic daily and she has been home about three weeks and the abcess and bloody pus drainage has begun again.Does anyone know what can be causing this she needs help.She has about lost her mind with worry.
jasmine
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Jul 14, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
I had an abscess on my liver and had it drained that was in January no one has checked to see if it has all gone .I thought I would have had a scan .but. Now where the tube was it is a bit sore .hope abscess hasn't come back
martin
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Jul 25, 2014 @ 6:18 pm
In response to question number 32,from Linda I would reccommend that you sit in a hot tub with the water covering the wound,then pour 1/2 cup of clorox bleach in the bath water and soak the wound in it for 1/2 hour twice a day. Afterwards cleanse the wound with betadine skin cleanser and cover with a bandage. Do this daily for three weeks and you should notice granulated tissue forming in the wound and this is a definitive sign that the infection has cleared and the wound is healing.
Catherine Mchugh
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Sep 20, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
My partner had an abscess, drained in may, went across his recrum,to the other side, was worrie
d it would cause a fistula. Still oozing 4 months later. Is this normal???.
Catherine Mchugh
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Sep 21, 2014 @ 4:04 am
My partner had an abscess, drained in may, went across his recrum,to the other side, was worrie
d it would cause a fistula. Still oozing 4 months later. Is this normal???.
kat
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Sep 28, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
I'm currently draining my 2nd abscess in a matter of weeks idk why they keep showing up.. the first one was pretty easy the one I'm doing today Has this nasty chunky brown stuff that seems to be attached..(??) To something inside the abscess in my arm...its clogging the hole from draining properly and it stays there even when wiping the drainage fluid and blocks the drainage hole... i try to get a hold of it and pull it lightly to see if it will come out of the drainage hole, and it won't. So I'm worried that it's NOT gonna drain like they other one unless i get this nasty Brown stuff outta the drainage hole and its taking forever :-(
Please help with how i can remove this stuff without hurting myself cause it hurts to tug hard
, thanks
lOKESHWARI
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Oct 18, 2014 @ 1:01 am
I GOT AN ABSCESS AND DO NOT KNOW HOW I GOT IT.
THE PUS IS GONE, BUT WHAT REMAINS IS A HOLE.
I WANTED TO KNOW HOW IT WILL HEAL

plz reply me

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