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What are the precautions to be taken to avoid LUNG ABSCESS?

What type of food to be taken(diabetic person)?
What are the activities to be followed?

A lung abscess is caused by a particular type of bacteria that remains untreated for a long time. Commonly seen in alcoholics or drug addicts who aspirate stomach contents. But not necessarily.
Treatment is with broad spectrum antibiotics and is usually successful. Some patients need removal of the involved part of the lung surgically.
Survival rate is good.
As to prevention, I'm not sure what you're driving at. Do you think a particular kind of food can protect you against the organisms that typically cause abscesses? Or activities for that matter?
God bless  (+ info)

What is the difference between pneumonia and an abscess on the lung?

well pneumonia is when you have fluid in your lungs, an abscess is like ...well like a boil with pus/fluid. either way they both make u feel crappy  (+ info)

What is the possible outcome of the lung abscess?

Lung abscess is a necrotizing infection characterized by localized pus. It is almost always caused by aspiration of oral secretions by patients who have impaired consciousness. Symptoms are persistent cough, fever, sweats, and weight loss. Diagnosis is based on history, physical examination, and chest x-ray. Treatment usually is with clindamycin or combination β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitors.
Rare now a days but include spread of infection to other lung segments, bronchiectasis, empyema, and bacteraemia with metastatic infection such as brain abscess.
Most cases respond to antibiotic and prognosis is usually excellent unless there is a debilitating underlying condition. Mortality from lung abscess alone is around 5% and is improving.  (+ info)

what is lung abscess?

describe it is detail under the following headings-
anatomy, origin, pathology, cause,diagnosis, treatment
describe it for pediatric and adult patients

Anatomy: An abscess is a localised collection of pus. Lung abscesses can occur in any lobe, but have a predilection for the lower lobes.

Origin/Cause: Bacteria! Typically anaerobic bacteria, but staphylococcus species are also possible. Most patients have poor dentition, which are the likely source of the infection.

Pathology: Bacterial infection leading to inflammatory response, subsequently producing necrotic debris & pus. Part of the inflammatory response produces a lining, which localises the collection. The information is similar for adults or children.

Diagnosis: Chest X-ray & CT scan, along with sputum samples for bacteria if able.

Treatment: Antibiotics, and monitoring with chest X-rays. Surgery is occasionally needed when response is poor.  (+ 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!

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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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