Pads or bandage to help with smell?

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions' started by melb2010, May 13, 2011.

  1. melb2010

    melb2010 New Member

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    Hi all,

    It's a long story but is there anything to help with the smell that comes from an abscess?

    I was wondering if maybe the silver antimicrobial products might be good to help with that?

    Suggestions appreciated.

    Yours,
    Chris.
  2. Sasha

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    It depends - are you certain that the abscess is not infected? Usually smell from an uninfected wound is fairly mild, some people may naturally have a more stronger smell. Serious odor normally indicates infection - it would be best to have it swabbed to make certain there is no infection present.
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    okay well what happened is, I thought I had a pilonidal sinus but it turns out it was a fistula.

    The surgeon has put in a drain tube to prevent infection while staged treatment is taking place.

    So there's discharge from the drain tube (as its meant to) and that smells. So I was wondering if antimicrobial pads or gauze might help kill the smell?
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    Those might help, gauze by itself probably won't do much. I've read from nurses that you can sprinkle baking soda on the dressing to help control odor.

    Here is a link for using Flagyl for odor control.
    http://www.woundsresearch.com/article/3950
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    Thanks for your replies Sasha!! I'll have a look at that link
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    i reocmmend those pad ladies use, u know what i mean. they tend to be cheaper and quite absorbant. ask from ur mother, sister, wife.

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