An abscess involves a collection of pus which might
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An abscess involves a collection of pus which might be painful. Most of the time, an abscess is caused by a bacterial infection. An abscess might develop right under the skin as well as inside the body. The abscesses can be present in anywhere on one’s body. Some other types of abscess are:
Usually, abscesses that are under the skin are easily felt by touching.
The patients who have an abscess can be the candidates for the procedure. The patients also might be experiencing high temperatures, infection, pain in the area, overall poor health state. Also, the patients who have weakened immune systems, diabetes, obesity and cancer are at higher risk for developing an abscess.
For the patients who have small abscess the abscess drainage procedure might not be required to perform since some of the small abscess drains naturally.
Before the procedure, your doctor may ask you about the medicines you are taking and if you have any allergies. Also, your doctor would ask for how long you had the abscess and if you had a fever. Depending on the area where the abscess is located, the doctor may want additional tests.
Before the procedure, your doctor might give you antibiotic therapy for some time. Before beginning the abscess drainage procedure, the doctors would clean the area and administer local anesthesia. During the procedure, the patient would be awake. After, the doctor makes an incision over the abscess to drain the pus from the abscess pocket. Later, the area is cleaned but left open with awound dressing to drain in case of any more pus production. In cases of larger abscess, an antiseptic dressing might be placed in the wound. Also, your doctor may take a sample from the pus to send it to the lab for examination. Additionally, the procedure might leave a small scar.
The recovery time of abscess drainage depends on the location of the abscess. Most of the patients feel better right after the operation. During the recovery period, the patient may experience pain, but the doctors would give painkillers for this period. Usually the patients are given oral antibiotics to use later. There would be a follow-up appointment needed to check for the wound and remove the dressing. Applying warm and dry compress for a couple of days after the procedure can fasten the recovery time.
In general, the total recovery period of abscess drainage takes around 1-2 weeks.
Some of the risks and complications of abscess drainage are:
However, these complications occur very rarely.
Abscess drainage is a very common and safe procedure with a success rate that is over 90%.
-How do I reduce the risk of skin abscess?
In addition to looking after your skin and washing your hands regularly, not smoking and having a healthy diet can reduce the risk of skin abscess as well.
-What causes an abscess?
Most abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in October, 2019.