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For about a month, I have had a lump in my inner upper thigh near where my underwear lies. Until 2 days ago , it was tolerable. But for the past 2 days it has gotten very large, inflamed, very red and warm and quite painful. It does not have a "head". It is rather hard. No other symptoms, no fever, no evidence of infection in other places. No chance of STD. What do you think it is? I do have an appt with my GYN on Monday morning. It is very hard to wear underwear or even walk too much.
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replied January 2nd, 2009
It sounds like an abscess, have you seen your hcp yet? Well here's a little info thought it might help.

An abscess is a localized collection of pus that generally develops in response to infection. An abscess is typically painful, and it appears as a swollen area that is warm to the touch. The skin surrounding an abscess typically appears pink or red.

Abscesses can develop in many parts of the body, but they usually involve the skin surface. Common sites affected include the armpits, groin, rectal area (perirectal abscess), the external vaginal area (Bartholin abscess), and along the tailbone (pilonidal abscess). Abscesses can also affect the brain, kidneys, liver (hepatic abscess), lungs, teeth (dental abscess), and tonsils (peritonsillar abscess). Inflammation surrounding hair follicles can lead to the formation of abscesses. Skin abscesses are often referred to as boils.

Unlike other infections, antibiotics alone will not cure an abscess. In general, abscesses must open and drain to improve. Although sometimes an abscess will open and drain spontaneously, it generally needs to be opened and drained (incision and drainage) by a health care provider.
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replied January 2nd, 2009
btw if it is an abscess, you should use warm water in the area for a few days (try a towel soaked in warm water, hold on area and repeat a few times for a few days) it should soften up and will become tender, and possibly ooze out soem pus and blood. you may have to continue squeezing every so often until the area is clear of pus and it should heal on its own. If it doesn't soften up after the hot compress, you may need to see a doctor.
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replied January 2nd, 2009
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Until your appt, sit in a warm / hot bath to get some relief and wear loose clothing and no underwear.
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replied June 26th, 2009
Thank you for all of these suggestion's I will do it tonight, I cant wait to get out of my clothes the rubbing is so painful
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replied July 12th, 2011
lump in the groin
if it is not an abscess, because of nothing in it to drain, and it is very hard and sore, what esle could it be?
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replied July 29th, 2012
Lump in pelvic area
I have a lump in my inner upper thigh/pubic area near where my underwear would go around my leg. The only thing that truly worries me is that it doesn't hurt ore feel sore at all unless I press on it hard. It doesn't move much or at all if I touch or press around it. It doesn't have puss in it as I have checked so Im not sure if it is a cyst or a abscess, and I'm doubtful its a ingrown hair. It has gotten bigger since it has formed about a week or so ago.

Is this normal and can any one give me some help and or suggestions????
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