Hi, I have what I am 99% sure is a Bartholin Cyst or abscess since it is painful, tender & swollen. I am a medical technician who spent 2 years treating regular abscess' so I kind of know what I am in for but have never dealt with the bartholin gland type.
I am worried because I know that it is very difficult to anesthetize and abscess locally. I am hoping I am not too late for antibiotic/ sitz bath therapy.
I am in the US Army which is unfortunately similar to an HMO, so I still haven't seen a doctor. I first noticed this thing on Wednesday and it has grown and become more painful since then. Today, it hurts to walk , or even sit. It is the size of a small grape.
I am wondering, does antibiotics even help?
Also, I have been doing some research on the "word catheter". Why is the opposite end tucked into the vagina? What is the recovery process like with this in? Will I be able to work as a medical assistant/ can I exercise/ and how will this work when I start my period?
Any info could would be appreciated.
Also, this may be far fetched but I am stationed in Germany so I will most likely receive the treatment in a German Hospital, when the Army finally gets around to seeing me. Does the German method of typical treatment differ from; word catheter treatment?
"praying the Germans are huge believers in general anesthesia"