A local anesthesia will be applied to your skin. This will make the area numb.
Description of Procedure
Most of the time, this procedure can be done in your doctor’s office. Larger, deep abscesses, or abscesses in very sensitive areas (eg, near the anus), may require treatment in the hospital.
The area will be wiped with a special cleansing fluid. Anesthesia will be applied. A small incision will be made. A syringe or catheter may be used to drain the pus from the abscess or the pus may be squeezed out. Gauze may be used to soak up the fluid. A clean water solution will be used to flush the area.
A tool may be used to explore inside the cut. It can also further break down the abscess. A sample of the bacteria may be taken with a cotton swab for testing. Sometimes, the doctor will decide to pack the wound with clean gauze to help make sure the abscess does not form again. If this happens, you will come back in a day or two to remove or replace the packing. Gauze and dressing tape will be used to cover the wound.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
No, the procedure should not hurt. You may feel a slight pinch and burning when the local anesthetic is injected.
When you return home after the procedure, take the
to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Take all medicine as directed. If you are taking an antibiotic, take it at the same time(s) each day. Finish the entire course.
Change your bandages 1-3 times a day as directed. Replace them with sterile bandages that your doctor gives you.
Cleanse the incision site with lukewarm water and a mild antibacterial soap.
Use a soft wash cloth to gently wipe the incision area dry.
You may need to limit movement of the affected area to give it time to heal.
Follow up with your doctor as directed.
The skin should heal completely in about 14 days.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a