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How are sores under the stomach due to weight loss treated ?

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i am a 59 yr old woman, have lost weight and have a belly flap. i have a really sore sore under my stomach, at present i am treating it with a good cream but it seems to be a long time healing. could you reccomend a cream i could buy to help? i am 5ft 7in tall and weight is 15st.
Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 in Weight Loss
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 44 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

First of all treatment of this sore depends on what is causing this sore. From the symptoms there is a possibility that such kind of painful sore is a boil or an abscess. Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus.

A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with pus.

For such a sore, apply warm compresses and keep the area clean with topical antiseptics. Drainage is done only when it becomes soft and forms a head. Till then you can apply a topical antibiotic cream like Neosporin or Bactroban after consulting your doctor.

You can also take some over the counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen and oral antibiotics after a doctor’s prescription. Lastly also get your blood sugar count done as a non healing sore is often symptomatic of diabetes.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

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