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Injecting - Swelling around Injection site

Discussion in 'Heroin' started by johnnyparkxx, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. johnnyparkxx

    johnnyparkxx Newbie

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    The other day I ran into an old friend that has recently started injection into the veins on his hand. I noticed that he had some swelling on his hand around a tiny scab. When asked he said that he shot up about twenty minutes beforehand and when he took the needle out it began to swell. the area is about the size of a quarter and is swollen perhaps an eighth of an inch above the normal skin level. He seemed a bit worried and I was wondering if this was normal or if he should be worried.
     
  2. chinpokomaster

    chinpokomaster Palladium Member

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    Sounds like an abscess. If it starts to look infected then he should see a doctor.
     
  3. missparkles

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    ABSCESSES & INJECTING
    Abscesses are something most of us have encountered before and they can be excruciatingly painful. Sympathetic medical care can be hard to come by for many of us, and so some people resort to treating themselves. This can lead to some serious complications as the toxicity of an abscess can vary considerably. Here are a few things to remember when it comes to getting to grips with an abscess.
    Sterile abscess
    Abscesses present themselves as raised lumps on the skin and can either be sterile or infected. A sterile abscess is caused by injecting either an irritating or insoluble substance into a vein, particularly if you miss. They may develop slowly and do not usually show signs of heat, although there may be a touch of redness. They feel like solid nodules under the skin and are not sore to the touch. Don’t try to squeeze it as it will usually go away in its own time, although it may take quite a while. Avoid injecting at that spot until it clears up.
    Infected abscess
    An infected abscess, on the other hand, is a different story. This is caused by either using non-sterile injecting equipment, or by bacteria in your mix that the body cannot fight.
    An infected abscess will soon come up as a swollen lump on, or near, the injection site. Appearing inflamed and red, they feel hot to the touch and soon become very painful. The abscess may come to a ‘head’ or ‘point’ and be filled with pus. It can be tempting to squeeze or burst it now - but DON’T! This will only spread the infection..
    If you want to know what is inside your abscess, here’s a little insight. The abscess is actually a cavity under the skin, filled with many little ‘walls’ that contain the pus. The pus itself contains blood, white blood cells (for fighting infection), damaged or dead tissue, and bacteria. Some of these bacteria can still be ‘live’ which is why squeezing or poking about can easily spread the infection. Your body has made this cavity in an attempt to localise the infection so it won’t spread. An infected abscess won’t go away on it’s own, you really need to seek medical treatment.
    Treatment of an abscess
    In the early stages, you may be given antibiotics to clear it up. If a head has developed on the abscess, a doctor will lance it and drain out the pus if necessary. The resulting hole should be thoroughly cleaned out, using prescription-only agents, and then packed. This is done so the wound will heal from the bottom up, otherwise the skin will just close over the top, leaving bacteria inside and the whole thing will start over again. Antibiotics will usually be prescribed too.
    You can go to the Accident & Emergency at the local hospital, your own doctor, or ask about non-judgmental doctors at any needle and syringe outlets in your region.
    Will your methadone script be changed if you go to your clinic, doctor, or A&E with an abscess? They aren’t legally required to report you’ve been injecting ‘done, but there is the risk they might report you. Treatment must be obtained, so you may be better off just not mentioning you were injecting your ‘done.
    Get advice and treatment — no matter what — because an untreated abscess can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can be fatal, cellulitis (a very painful infection of the surrounding tissue) and other complications. All this will put extra pressure on your immune system – not what you want if you are HIV or hep C positive. Really, you don’t have to end up with huge circular scars on your body.
    How to minimize your chances of getting an abscess
    Make a habit of washing your hands before and after your fix, and always use new equipment – sterile water, works, swabs etc. Always inject slowly and gently in the direction of the blood flow.
    Use your filters whole (not torn into small pieces), or use surgical cotton wool – it is made up of fibres that won’t separate, unlike cotton wool, cigarette filters, tissue etc. Not only can loose fibres from these get trapped under the skin and cause an abscess, but they can also travel along your veins and cause blockages and infection in some seriously dangerous places, like your heart. This can be an extremely painful experience but fortunately, is not too common.
    Use wheel filters, especially if you are shooting up pills. If any gear looks suspect to you, consider other ways of taking it such as snorting, smoking or swallowing. Don’t skin pop with suss gear.
    Speed and coke are irritating to your veins, so if you can bear it, try smoking or snorting instead.
    As the ‘drugs war’ rages on, the ricocheting effects continue to reverberate around the drug using community. Abscesses have become our battle scars. If you are concerned about your scars, there are camouflage creams available to conceal them – you can ask a doctor for referral.
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    http://www.saferinjecting.net/health-abscesses.htm

    Sparky found this, it's good info. If your friend is at all worried tell them to get medical advice.
    Hope this helps, take care.
    Sparky.
     
  4. SmokeNmirrors

    SmokeNmirrors Silver Member

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    Put some ice on it and see if the swelling goes down. If it gets worse or doesn't go away swiy should seek out a doctor.
     
  5. Birkill

    Birkill Newbie

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    swim gets lumps n bumps all the time mainly from missing but still gets tiddly bumps and bruises from perfect hits! Hands and feet are also really painfull and troublesum places to miss so dont miss or it will swell up like a muva humpa!
     
  6. Spucky

    Spucky Palladium Member

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    AW: Swelling around Injection site

    For my Doctor-Cat it sounds like that Guy forget to give pressure at the Injection-Point,
    after swiny removed the Needle Blood came out and made a Bubble!

    A Alcohol-Pad is better than nothing but also don`t forget that Alcohol is "Vaso-Dilating"!
    Much better is a clean and sterile Cotton-Ball!
     
  7. msmogadon

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    The delicate veins in the hand can be very difficult to hit into. Often if pushed in too quickly some of the hit will spill out of the vein and because there is not a lot of meat in the hand it is a lot more visible through the skin than say the arm. Usually this kind of swelling will go down in a couple of hours.
    Let us know how it is today SWIM bets its looking a lot better.
    Also tell your friend to be careful with these veins as they are some of the best and when they are damaged they become unusable very quickly.
     
  8. Birkill

    Birkill Newbie

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    Basicly what i said wheres my greenie repie thingie!?
     
  9. MsBrownstone

    MsBrownstone Newbie

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    When Sway first started shooting in her hands, she didn't loosen the tie enough and when she pulled the needle out, it caused a swollen lump about the size of a quarter, sometimes bruised.. It doesn't last that long though, and icing it down helps.
     
  10. Birkill

    Birkill Newbie

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    Swim rarly loosens the torni as he finds that the hit comes out and is just a pain so he just puts it in really slow, also swim dont know if it makes any difference but he always loostens before he pulls out the pin, he always uses clean fresh small gauge needles EVERY time even if he misses his mark a couple of times he squirts it in a new one takes a few breaths as he sometimes shakes a bit while diggin even if hes not cluckin(anyone else get that) then slowly and carmly trys again. God swim hates fukin misses, nothing worse then being in a public toilet gagging for a hit, hearing all the "normal" people doing there shit, blood cumin out of every extremity just to finally miss!Doh:mad: