Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mountain Brook. AL
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Hematoma close enough to the surface to drain by poking (not I hope with a needle)
is usually pretty blue looking and the blood will be mostly clotted and come out
looking like grape jelly if you open a large enough hole. An abscess is more likely
to drain under the circumstances you describe, and is usually on the pink/red side.
Abscesses tend to recur and and are spread by clothes, fingers and a favored reservoir
is the inside of the nose. Not for nothing did our late and knowledgeable curmudgeon
use the epithet 'nosepickers' (and my favorite: carpet smoker). So if that was
really pus, which can look pretty bloody, especially when coming from a hard to see
area, you are at risk for further such events. Nobody knows what to do to prevent this
but clorox is a pretty good sterilant for clothes etc, but getting rid of a newly resident
population of staph is really hard.