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- Having a dental disease or recent dental surgery (for jaw abscess)
- Aspiration (liquids or solids are sucked into lungs) (for lung abscess)
- Having bowel surgery (for abdominal abscess)
- Swallowing fragments of chicken or other bones (for abdominal abscess)
- For women: having an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) in place for many years (for abscess affecting the reproductive organs)
- Hard swellings (usually painless) around the mouth, neck, or jaw, which may produce pus—You may see tiny, yellowish particles mixed in with the pus.
- Drainage of pus through the skin of the chest or abdomen
- Low-grade fever
- Weight loss
- Cough that produces sputum or blood
- Noticeable swelling or firm mass in the abdomen, especially the lower part
- Analyses of pus, sputum, or tissue
Drainage of Abscesses
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Replace your toothbrush regularly
American Dental Association http://www.ada.org/
National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov/
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
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- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -