Abscesses Treatment Clinic

Abscesses Treatment Specialist in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Parrish, FL

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Abscesses Treatment Specialist Near Me in Parrish, Sarasota, and Bradenton, FL
Abscesses Treatment Specialist Near Me in Parrish, Sarasota, and Bradenton, FL

Table of Contents:

How do you get rid of an abscess?
How long does it take for an abscess to heal?
What is the leading cause of abscess?
What does an abscess look like, and what diseases cause abscesses?

How do you get rid of an abscess?


The treatment of a skin abscess, whether small or large, is quite simple and easy. A minor skin abscess is likely to open and drain on its own, though in the case of a larger abscess, you will likely be prescribed a course of antibiotics for a week or two to ensure the infection is destroyed. In addition, you may need a medical professional to create a small incision to drain the pus; otherwise, a needle may be used.
 
This procedure is minor and is typically performed under a local anesthetic, meaning you will be awake though the area will be numb. If the abscess is quite extensive, a gauze wick may be placed in the hole of your skin after the procedure to allow further drainage to occur. If you have an internal abscess, a surgeon may be able to drain it using a needle if the location allows it.

Otherwise, surgery may be required to treat the abscess and prevent further infections from developing. Again, antibiotics will be used to cure the infection if bacteria is determined to be the causative factor

How long does it take for an abscess to heal?


The time it takes for skin wounds to heal is greatly determined by your health, age, and nutrition. If an abscess is minor and does not continue to grow, it may go away on its own given enough time, though this is not common, and abscesses often need draining. If you are generally in good health, a drained abscess should heal within days. A warm compress could potentially accelerate this healing process and help with irritation and pain. If you are prescribed antibiotic treatment, you will likely need to take daily dosages for a week or two.
 
You should never halt antibiotic use before the expected end date of the prescription, even if the abscess appears entirely healed. You run the risk of allowing the bacteria to regrow if you do so. If your abscess is internal and cannot be fully drained using a needle, a surgeon may make a small incision in the skin to place a catheter into the abscess. This catheter may stay in place for a day up to a week to allow drainage.

What is the leading cause of abscess?


Most abscesses are in the skin rather than internal and are caused by a minor wound, allowing the entry of bacteria into the body. This may also occur if a pore becomes blocked. On the other hand, internal abscesses are often caused by diseases that release materials into the body and cause harm and infection. Usually, these abscesses are found around the digestive tract, as these structures contain many bacteria.

What does an abscess look like, and what diseases cause abscesses?


An abscess is a collection of pus that can occur in any area of the body. However, abscesses are classified as either internal or skin. In the case of an internal abscess, this collection of pus occurs inside of the body, within an organ, or in the spaces that house organs. Skin abscesses instead form under the layers of the skin. A skin abscess appears as a raised lump that is swollen and soft to the touch.
 
The skin in the area will likely be reddened, though the pus underneath will appear paler. Besides visual signs of an abscess, it will be accompanied by numerous symptoms, most notably pain and tenderness. You may also experience symptoms of infection like low-grade fever and chills. This is because most abscesses are caused by bacterial infection. When foreign materials enter the body, the natural immune system will be triggered. Many processes occur during the immune response, though what is most important here is the role of leukocytes, also known as white blood cells (WBC). These white blood cells defend the body by attacking and destroying invading particles. The accumulation of white blood cells, dead tissue, and bacteria form pus. An internal abscess can occur due to a disease that causes the release of harmful materials into the body. For example, appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix, can lead to the spillage of fecal matter into the abdomen, which will trigger the immune system.
 
Here at PrimeHealth Urgent Care Clinic, we offer a broad array of services that ensures our ability to meet all of your healthcare needs. If you believe you have an abscess and need medical care, you may book an appointment online or you can call us for further information. You can simply walk-in during our office hours; we are open seven days a week. Please do not hesitate to reach out to see one of our outstanding physicians. We are here to help you. We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Parrish FL, Sarasota FL, Ellenton FL, Palmetto FL, Lakewood Ranch FL, Sun City FL, Oneco FL, Fruitville FL, and West Samoset FL.
 

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