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abscess, under arm will it go away on its own?

(22 Posts)
NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 13:01:56

or do i have to have antibiotics?

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 13:06:34

actually i dont even know if it Is an abscess
it is red and swollen

AgentProvocateur Sun 24-Jul-16 13:11:13

I needed antibiotics. They took about three days to kick in, and it was agony until they did. Get to your GP's tomorrow.

clam Sun 24-Jul-16 13:23:50

A/Bs as soon as you possibly can. I've had a few of these over the years; those I haven't got tended to quickly have resulted in surgery to remove, with weeks of (painful) dressing changes (if it's a deep hole, the wound has to be packed with gauze so it heals from the base upwards).

Sorry to be the messenger of doom - let's hope yours takes a different path.

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 13:32:50

oh clam i have been through that already sad
this is a new one above the original

feelingmiffed Sun 24-Jul-16 13:33:43

Is it a Pilonidal sinus?

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 13:37:24

under arm is not pilonidal is it? isnt that the bottom?

NattyGolfJerkin Sun 24-Jul-16 13:39:03

It won't be a pilonidal sinus, those are found at the natal cleft (top of the bum crack).

NattyGolfJerkin Sun 24-Jul-16 13:41:56

And yes, go to your GP and get it checked out, you will likely need a course of antibiotics.

TyrionLannistersShadow Sun 24-Jul-16 13:44:50

I've had a few over the years and some go away on their own ( although those ones tend to recurr) without treatment, some need antibiotics and some need drainage. I tend to be a wait and see type, if it gets worse, you develop a temp or feel unwell in any way then see a doctor.

clam Sun 24-Jul-16 13:46:28

Is there an Urgent Care/Out of Hours service near you?

I've also had a pilonidal sinus before. They're horrendous! If you're prone to these sorts of things, then it's more than likely it's a similar thing again. Do try and get seen by someone today.

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 13:46:47

thanks,
will wait and see

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 13:47:55

no it is not pilonidal, it is just a red swollen lump under arm pit, however there is a radiating pain to elbow. sad, whihc of course could be tennis elobw
and when i was busy earlier i completely forgot aobut it.

so will go with wait and get on with things

clam Sun 24-Jul-16 13:49:50

Hmm, sorry, but I really don't think you should wait. The longer you leave it, the more likely it is that antibiotics won't sort it, and that drainage is the only course of action.
I'm the last person to want to "waste the NHS's time," but I'd make an exception with this.

TyrionLannistersShadow Sun 24-Jul-16 13:53:49

Ok I just read about the pain down your arm, yep it's probably going to need treatment so I think you should head to the doctor.

gillybeanz Sun 24-Jul-16 13:56:06

Ab's are a waste of time if it's recurring as they don't work after a while and it's bacterial. My dh was on them for a full year and they didn't touch it.
My dh has had HS for 30 years and is stage 2, your gp won't know much about it you'll need to google and take the info to him/her.

Try this www.hidradenitissuppurativa.co.uk/public/home.html

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 14:00:51

oh Gilly they said that before but I dont like the sound of that,

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 14:02:45

and one of the consultants discounted that HS diagnosis

gillybeanz Sun 24-Jul-16 14:03:31

This is good too, for anyone who may feel they have this disease.
www.mdjunction.com/hidradenitis-suppurativa

SealSong Sun 24-Jul-16 14:17:06

You need to get it looked at. I ended up with septicaemia (which is potentially fatal) as a result of ignoring an abscess. See your GP as soon as you can.

NoahVale Sun 24-Jul-16 14:26:56

thanks seal,
might make sure it is my regular GP who has seen it before

feelingmiffed Sun 24-Jul-16 15:06:46

Ah I thought you could also get Pilonidal sinus in your arm pits. They're horrible!!

Hope you get sorted op X

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