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I am on my second bartholin abscess in just a few months. My first experience was absolutely terrible! I got a cyst that developed after a rough camping trip that included lots of activity and swimming in lakes. it was uncomfortable but painless for a week but then grew into an abscess. It was painful enough to bring me to the ER where they tried and failed to insert a word catheter. OB was called and the doctor said they usually like these to just resolve on their own. She sent me home with antibiotics, but nothing for pain. The pain after the squeezing and laceration from the catheter insertion attempt was unbearable and made the abscess worse. Finally after 4 days it popped on its own, but i still owe the hospital $800 after insurance. Now, 2 months later, the abscess is back with a vengance! I noticed it on tuesday when I was taking a bath. It was the size of a marble and painless. By Wednesday it had grown twice in size and was red and painful. Now it is Saturday, it is the size of a large egg, and i havent been able to get out of bed without experiencing nearly unbearable pain. Ive tried plenty of home remedies such as epsom salt baths 4-5 times a day, tea tree oil, and soaking with whitch hazel, but nothing is working! I have missed too much work already and cannot afford to go back to the hospital (plus I have lost faith in their ability to do anything helpful given my latest experience). I'm about ready to try to pop it myself with a needle it is so painful! I dont know what to do. Should I keep waiting doing what Im doing??? HELP!
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