Table of Contents
- Treatments for skin abscess
- During the procedure
- After the procedure
- Risks & side effects
- Abscess Removal FAQ
An abscess is a localised collection of pus caused by an infection that can occur in any area of the body.
A skin abscess is an infection beneath the skin that is pus-filled and often sensitive, red, and warm to the touch. If the abscess is not treated, it might break through the skin or spread to other parts of the skin, resulting in cellulitis. Overweight people, those with skin disorders, and people with diabetes are more likely to develop skin abscesses.
This article is designed for people looking for information about skin abscess drainage procedures or those thinking about having it done.
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with the surgeon who will perform it to discuss your specific needs and care plan.
Treatments for skin abscess
Skin abscesses can be treated non-surgically with antibiotics, but if the abscess is severe or does not respond to non-surgical treatment, drainage under local or general anaesthesia is required. The treating doctor will decide which course of action is best for you.
A skin abscess can be easily identified on the skin and diagnosed by a doctor who will examine you and ask about your medical history. It is critical to rule out diabetes.
During the procedure
A surgeon will often perform skin abscess draining as an outpatient operation in a hospital. Making a small cut in the abscess, draining the pus, obtaining a sample to identify the bacteria that caused the abscess, washing the abscess with saline solution, and packing it with a dressing all take around 10 to 20 minutes. One to two days following the procedure, the dressing is normally removed, and your wound is covered with a sterile covering.
After the procedure
The treated region may be numb after the treatment due to the local anaesthetic, and the nurse will give you information on how to care for the wound. You can return to work as long as the dressing does not create any problems and depending on where the abscess is located.
Antibiotics may be prescribed after the procedure if necessary.
Risks & side effects
There are risks involved with skin abscess draining, as with any procedure, and the treating doctor will communicate them to you. Although side effects are uncommon, you may experience pain in the treated area following the procedure.
Abscess Removal FAQ
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