Kristen (xx_socold_xx) wrote in vaginapagina,

Sitz baths and bartholin gland abscesses

I've been dealing with bartholin gland abscesses pretty much monthly since July 2010. Thankfully, the last time I actually had to have it cut open/drained/etc was the end of September. I had a word catheter inserted but it only stayed in for two days; my gyno wanted it in for a minimum of  4 weeks but hopefully 6. However, the two days it did stay in seem to have done it some good. Ever since then, even though it came back every month, it would open up/burst on its own instead of having to get cut open and drained. I preferred this since it didn't hurt at all, compared to getting it cut open. D:

For the past two months, I haven't even had one. Words cannot express how happy I was. I always have a tiny bit of a swollen area there, but it was never hard/rigid, tender, and it didn't grow. For reasons unbeknownst to me, it came back yesterday. It's not super bad today, but it does hurt when I sit directly upright and definitely hurts when I touch it. 

I am doing my best to stop it from getting bigger because I can't really miss school. I missed almost all last week due to some flu crud. If I had to, I'm sure it would be alright, but I don't like to get behind or miss at all. So, I took a sitz bath this morning with epsom salts. To be honest, it does feel a bit better after the bath, but I don't know if that's a placebo effect or what. So, I have a few questions:

How much epsom salt are you supposed to use for this kind of thing? 
How many baths should I be taking per day? How often?
And is there ANYTHING I can do besides baths/warm compresses? Just cross my fingers?

This is really difficult for me. I've been depressed for a month or two now but now that this is coming back, I'm even more depressed. I seriously just don't know what to do anymore. I keep wondering why in the world this has to happen to me, on top of all my other problems.
Any advice? :( Thanks.
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