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Reappearance of pain and discharge post abscess treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have an abscess that was cut and drained about 2 weeks ago, that help alleviate the pressure and pain. It just started hurting a little today but there is no redness. Should I see my doctor as soon as possible?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello,
Doctor :   it the pain constant ?
User :   right now it is, it's a pinching feeling
User :   it just started today
Doctor :   is there any discharge from the wound ?
User :   no, it looks like it is still healing but no redness it's just hurting
User :   my Derm did a culture and there was some bacterial growth she said, I started taking Kelflex for a couple days now
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   reappearance of pain and discharge is not a good sign.
Doctor :   it indicates secondary bacterial infection
Doctor :   visit your doc and confirm that the wound is not secondarily infected
User :   Ok, better to see the Derm right away than?
Doctor :   yes
User :   even if the pain is gone tomorrow?
Doctor :   pain should be constant and increasing
Doctor :   than only it is probably secondary infection
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