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Dear Guys, I developed abscess three times with in two weeks interval in my groin area.....the last two were big and required surgery with full ansthesia. My doc therefore suggested to escape the shot at least for one week so i did not take the shot last week. I continued to take it again but I developed another abscess on the preannal position. I am afraid it will force me to discontinue the therapy. Has any one exprienced such problem during therapy? please give me some advice how can i prevent this infection. I am really ashamed of having such thing around my privet areas.

I am at 21/48 week, current WBC count is 1600. At 12 week blood test was UND, liver and kideny enzymes are still normal.

With many thanks
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910090 tn?1332171060
I am going through the same thing right now...same place...mind you I am female...but in the same general area....it started 2 weeks ago and it is HUGE...and scaring me...as it does not seem to be draining and am afraid to go to the doctor with this...it is soo painful...I am soo sorry to hear you are dealing with this also. I was going to post a question concerning this and just happened to see your post....I have been applying heat to the area...as well as polysporin on it but it's not helping at all.  I will keep track of your thread in hopes of some kind of help to stop these from occurring...very painful!

I am starting week 31....this is the first time it's happened.

Good luck and sure hope you find some relief soon!  Noooo fun! :-(

Sincerely, Starshine
87972 tn?1322664839
Interferon can cause a condition called ‘neutropenia’ or the suppression of white blood cells necessary to fight infection. In some countries, the drug Neupogen (filgrastim) is available to combat this, and to keep patients on full dose HCV meds.

Filgrastim and PEG-filgrastim are relatively expensive; and they might not be available in all areas. Check with your doctor; in very broad terms, it is generally introduced when a patient’s ‘absolute neutrofil’ count (a fraction of WBC) approaches 500.

223152 tn?1346981971
I googled a little and all I could find is that if you have had high fever from the INF - RIBA combo it could lead to abscesses.  I have not seen anyone post this before, however.
264121 tn?1313033056
well, I mean, its in infection.  you are more prone to it when your wbc's are down.  I had an infection in my arm during or right after tx.  Has your doc considered neupogen to bring your white cell count up?
910090 tn?1332171060
Yesterday, I called my clinic and the nurse said it was not related to the treatment.  My wbc are at 2000, starting to rise on their own...as they were 1900 previously...and I did some research that says some meds (eg. chemo) can cause us to be more receptive to absesses since our immune system is down.  She recommended me  going to my family doctor and he may prescribe antibiotics which she said is alright to take while on treatment.  Unfortunately I can't get in til next week....if worse comes to worse, I will go to the urgent care...

Thanks soo much Bill1954,  for I will mention this to them as I am going for my blood work on Monday and see if they can possibly prescribe the Neupogen.  Hope it is available in Canada!

Thanks sooo much for the information...truly appreciated.

179856 tn?1333550962
In all  the years I've been on here I"ve never heard of such a thing.  To me it sounds more like an infection rather than a direct effect of the interferon (like a reaction).  I've just never heard of it before. Instead of cutting off the interferon have they considered some hard core antibiotics? Skipping shots is just going to cause you to fail treatment.  It can't happen all of the time.
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Neupogen is covered by TRILLIUM in Ontario Canada if you cant afford it on your own,not sure where in Canada you are.
910090 tn?1332171060
Thanks soo much for that input about Trillium as I am on it also. I am in Oshawa, ON.  Luckily the absess healed on its own so I did not have to take any antibiotics after all.  Phew!
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