recurrent abscesses

@deem1977 (242)
United States
July 27, 2008 2:21pm CST
A member of my family has been suffering from recurrent abscesses on her buttocks for the last few months. She has had a surgery a month for the last three months to incise and drain them. Each time she recovers from the last one and breathes a sigh of relief thinking it's all over, another one comes up. So far no underlying condition has been found that would cause this. The other problem is that they go from little itch that you almost ignore to an abscess that requires surgery in 3-4 days. She asked the doctor if there is any way to "nip them in the bud" to keep them from getting to the point where they need to be surgically incised, but so far all they say is maybe with early antibiotics. However, by the time she gets in to actually see the doctor, they say the abscess is too big and needs to be surgically drained. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how to prevent them from either recurring or to get rid of them while they are still small?
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Years ago I had this problem. Its rather embaressing because its not something that is comfortable discussing with anyone. But, they were rather painful and often left scars. Finally my doctor did some blood work and we learned I am diabetic. Has your family member been tested for diabetes? There are other underlying illnesses that can also cause these. Simply do a search, perhaps on WebMD and you will find all sorts of information out there as to the causes.
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@deem1977 (242)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Yes, she has been tested for diabetes and that test came back negative. The doctor mentioned that she should come back in a couple of weeks and that they would do more testing so maybe we will find out what this is about. This last time they tried a new antibiotic also so maybe that will make a difference. Maybe the third time will be the charm. I hope so because this whole process is rally interfering with her life as she was looking for a job when this started to happen but really she could not hope to hold down a new job if every 3 weeks or so she is having to have surgery and home health care. Thank you for your response.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
I'm not a doctor but I had a little experience with this when I was younger. Certain vitamin/mineral deficiencies can cause boils and abcesses. The deficiency may not show up on tests however. Tell your relative to take a high potency multi vitamin and mineral supplement every day and that should help tremendously. The clerk at your local health food store or your pharmacist should be able to recommend a good high potency one for your relative. As long as take my daily supplement I have no problem at all with breakouts. I wish her the best of luck!
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@deem1977 (242)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Hmmm -- no one has suggested this idea. I will discuss it with her because this sounds like an idea that it does no harm to try. Even if it does not help with the recurrent boils or abscesses, it would probably be beneficial to her health anyway. Thank you for suggesting this. It sounds like a valuable suggestion.
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@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Has your family member ever been tested for diabetes? This isn't always the case but a lot of times people with this health problem tend to have abscesses/ulcerations come that have to be incised and drained. I have diabetes myself and have been blessed not to have this type of problem, but I type reports as a medical transcriptionist for a local hospital and have typed several reports of patients having these. A big percentage of these patients have diabetes listed in their medical history. I hope this can be of some help to you. Have a great evening!!
• Tehachapi, California
23 Apr 14
I dont know how old this post is but. Here is a suggestion being a suffer of the same thing since 2008 and just getting diagnosed after 32 incision and drainage of left and right buttocks. After several doctors and endless treatments i have Hidradenitis Suppurativa. It is rare in the fact that not a lot is known about it. Please look it up and see a doctor ASAP. A doctor may or may not have heard of it. So do some research first. I feel for you family member mine was left undiagnosed for so long that i am a stage 3 severe chronic and will under go radical invasive surgery on each side. It can be maintained if caught in time. There is no known cure to it. Please do look into it. And keep me posted. Thanks
• India
24 Apr 11
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@wendhieRN (754)
• United States
29 Jul 08
abscess is the body's inflammatory response against microorganisms which can be bacterial, viral, parasitic or a fungal infection in which parts commonly infected are the armpits, buttocks, face, legs and the sebaceous glands or oil glands that poses a risk on the skin. the most common causative organisms are the pyogenic - meaning the pus forming bacteria such as Staphyloccocus aureus, which is nearly the cause of abscess directly under the skin. this explains why it recurs but on the adjacent parts. make sure that the patient has been seen by the doctor at least at the start while the abscess is still forming. routine laboratory procedures for this type are done such as a check on blood sugar level, gram staining and culture and sensitivity test of the microorganisms present on the wound. blood sugar is significantly done to make sure that it is controlled thereby facilitating wound healing process and at the same time prevent further complications. GS and CS are done to be sure with the type of specific microorganism which in return serve as bases as to what type of antibiotic treatments can be started. these are also helpful in preventing the patient from developing resistance and tolerance as well. superinfection and other complications like septicemia which are fatal and deadly could happen should the person was treated with the inappropriate treatment modality. lastly, constant disinfection and hand washing are of advantage to prevent your body from being susceptible in acquiring the same infection. hope these help! GOD bless!
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
28 Jul 08
Abscesses are caused by the staphiloccocus bacteria and is quite easy to catch. All it takes is a small scratch from what appears to be a pimple and is left untreated. If a pimple or something that feels like a pimple is scratched and opened, it is a good idea to wash it thoroughly with soap before it can become an abscess. If it is drained without applying antibiotics then it might just be lying dormant in the body. The usual antibiotic used is Prostaphlin A.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I think it's worth trying to see if some extra vitamins/minerals would be helpful. My first husband had this problem, and eventually he had to have some very deep incisions cut. If your family member can avoid that, I surely would.