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Abscess
Abscess

Abscess

Introduction

Abscess is a collection of pus caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

Signs & symptoms


• Painful pus filled nodule
• Inflammatory erythematous plaque.
• Fluctuant palpable swelling
• Fever is rare
• Lymphangitis and satellite nodes may be experienced

Diagnostic criteria

Diagnostic Criteria:

• Painful pus filled nodule
• Inflammatory erythematous plaque.
• Fluctuant palpable swelling
• Fever is rare
• Lymphangitis and satellite nodes may be experienced

Investigation

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Treatment

  • Non-Pharmacological treatment

    • By placing hot compresses over the swelling until it breaks
  • Pharmacological

    o Erythromycin (PO) for 7–10 days. Adults: 500mg 8 hourly; Children: 25– 50mg/kg 8 hourly

    OR

    o Flucloxacillin (P0) for 7–10 days. Adults: 500mg 6 hourly; Children: 25mg/kg 6 hourly

    Surgical Treatment

    • Incision and drainage

Prevention

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Updated on,

3 Novemba 2020 10:16:08

References

    1.STG
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