Greetings, I'm opening a discussion on behalf of my Aunt. She gets abscesses semi-frequently, but this latest one, on the back of her leg, is quite the doozie. It formed about a week ago and has been worsening ever since. She's tried a few different methods of dealing with it, drying it out, pricking & draining, multiple different lotions & solutions (including a mustard seed poultice, solarcaine etc.), to no avail. It's grown sizeably in comparison to others she's had in the past and we just aren't sure what to do next. Antibiotics are completely out of the equation as she has a breath-test coming up in regards to her stomach and isn't allowed antibiotics prior. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
I should mention, it's roughly the size of a Canadian Quarter (25 cents) and I can post a picture if it helps. Also, she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 17.
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replied May 29th, 2019
Hello and welcome to EHF !


I went through your query and i understand your concern.As she is diabetic since 17 but her recent age is not mentioned . Anyhow the abscesses may be more related with her uncontrolled diabetes so it is better to check the sugar levels both random and fasting and decide the control therapy if uncontrolled. Also antibiotics are important as the patient is already immunocompromised , if patient cannot tolerate the oral antibiotics and the problem is recurrent then IV (intravenous) may be the second option . It is good to discuss it with the nearest physician .



Take care


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