An abscess is a collection of pus that is usually caused by a bacterial infection. (See figure)
Pus consists of white blood cells, dead tissue cells and bacteria. Abscesses usually occur under the skin (such as boils) but can occur anywhere in the body including the brain, breast and virtually all body tissues and cavities. Most often, no obvious cause for infection can be found, but some people, such as diabetics, are more pre-disposed to getting abscesses.
Because an abscess is surrounded by a membrane which has no blood supply, antibiotics have difficulty reaching its centre. Sometimes the abscess bursts spontaneouls, but the treatment of choice is most often incision and drainage. In other words the doctor has to cut into it with a scalpel to let the pus drain out. This can be very painful for the patient, but once the pus if removed, the abscess and surrounding inflammation usually settles down quite quickly, but not always. The abscess can sometimes take days or even weeks to stop draining and requires frequent insertion of a gauze "wick" to help drain the cavity. Inserting and removing this wick can be very painful, particularly if inflammation persists.
Because wheatgrass can reduce inflammation quickly and stop exudate (body fluid) forming in the abscess cavity left after incision, pain is quickly reduced or eliminated and the wound heals quickly.
Wheatgrass (e.g. Skin Recovery Cream) needs to be applied to the abscess surface prior to incision as this reduces the pain caused by the knife. Then apply it again after the abscess has been drained. A wick is not necessary. Apply a light dressing and repeat the application in 24 hours.
Pain often ceases overnight with minimal discharge, inflammation & swelling. One can expect wound closure in two or three days, when the patient can manage their own wound with daily wheatgrass and dressings.
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Abscesses & infected cysts
Dear Dr. Chris, Just some feedback on the use of the cream on my (infected) sebaceous cyst. I was a bit skeptical as the cyst was so inflamed and pus coming out all the time, but I started applying it anyway. For 2 days nothing much happened, but then at night time it started hurting so badly that when I gently touched it, the whole thing basically exploded in my hand and it took me 10 mins before the pus stopped coming out. Since then, the cyst has gone flatter and flatter with minimal discharge. I must say I am very impressed with the results. I know it's not a major medical condition but it had bothered me for a couple of weeks and I was planning on surgical removal, but the problem has been taken care of. Thanks so much for your help!
R. B. Thailand. 18 April, 2009
Hi Dr. Chris,
I am writing from Los Angeles to share my testimonial with you. About a year ago I discovered a lump under my armpit and went to the dermatologist. It turned out to be an enlarged cyst which became infected and the Dr. removed the lymph gland on the spot. The wound was packed with gauze so it could heal from the inside out and I had to change the packing. It was painful and I never wanted to go through that again.
UNFORTUNATELY, even though I'm healthy it happened AGAIN but this time under my right arm. I knew it was another cyst and this one became enlarged fast. I lost my medical insurance in-between so I couldn't go back to my Dr. I had purchased your DR. WHEATGRASS CREAM (which was supposed to be for my face) but I decided to put it under my arm like a topical cream. The cyst which was once RED, painful and hugely swollen came down by HALF its size the next day. I couldn't believe it. I think reading the testimonies on this site stuck in the back of my head and gave me the idea to try it that way. After approx. three days it was completely gone. I was amazed, truly amazed! I have never taken the time to write a company with a testimonial EVER, but then again I've never had a personal experience that made a difference! THANK YOU for this wonderful, quality product. Who knew WHEATGRASS contains such HEALING properties!
Melinda. Los Angeles, Ca. 2 June, 2008
P.S. My theory is that the cysts were from using anti-perspirant products w/ ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE in them. I'm thinking is that it can't be good for you.