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01-29-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Spot or abscess

Hey all, I've had a couple of abscesses before, but it was that long ago I can't remember what they felt like in the early stages.

Last night I noticed I had a small pea sized lump in the fleshy area between my groin and rectum that is sore, it has no head and nothing comes out when I squeeze it. I've noticed I can get my fingers underneath it when I squeeze it. I'm sat down at a desk all day which probably doesn't help.

Does this sound like a spot or the start of an abscess. I got no problem going to the docs but I'd rather not have another surgery and I don't want to trouble them unnessecarily. But I know if it's caught early enough the recovery will be a lot easier!
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01-29-2014, 08:55 AM   #2
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Given your history it sounds like it very well may be an abscess. I think you are smart to get it checked out and dealt with early.
01-29-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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Mystery over my GP thinks abscess, but luckily it's been caught very early 5 day course of cipro to try and shift it. Fingers crossed!
01-29-2014, 12:37 PM   #4
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I hope the antibiotics will resolve it. Given that it's external you have a better shot. I know it's not draining but sitz baths couldn't hurt to ease it up and help it open up and drain.
01-29-2014, 02:13 PM   #5
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What are sitz baths? Never had those before. Hoping the antibiotics clears it up too, don't want any more surgery just yet, had enough of that lately.
01-29-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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A sitz bath is lukewarm water in a basin that you sit in for 10-15 min. It keeps the area clean and the heat can help to expedite healing. Some also add Epsom salt to the basin.
01-29-2014, 03:22 PM   #7
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Lol Ohhhh I did that fOr an old abscess it swelled to the size of a grape and burst everywhere. If that's the general idea I may aswell just soak in a warm tub for half hour.
01-29-2014, 03:29 PM   #8
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You can soak in a tub too. The basin is just more convenient if you do it multiple times a day or after each bowel movement.
01-29-2014, 03:58 PM   #9
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I have these boils in my groin/buttock area. I have a form of Hidradenitis. If you can not squeeze it, it will go away faster. Its much easier said than done though.

I love sitz baths. if you do one, I would recommend using Epsom salt in it.
Now that I'm a mom though, I prefer to take a bath. Its a nice relaxation away from mom duties for a 1/2 hour.
01-29-2014, 05:19 PM   #10
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Yeah going to have a bath in a minute, just waiting for the Yankee candles to get the room smelling nice :-)
02-03-2014, 04:06 PM   #11
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Got a new Hidradenitis absess and had to bust out the sitz bath last night. ?(

How is your absess doing?
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