An abscess is a bacterial infection that forms a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess in your nose after an injury, such as a blow to the face. A nasal abscess also may develop if you have had a sinus infection (sinusitis).
You may find it hard to breathe through the side of your nose with the abscess. You may have a fever and your nose may hurt. Your doctor will look at your nose and may do tests to find out what is causing your symptoms.
You will need antibiotics. In some cases, your abscess will be drained through a needle or small cut. You will need to follow up with your doctor to make sure the infection has gone away.
You may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after having sedation. It can take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer III, MD - Pediatrics, Otolaryngology
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