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Incision and Drainage of a Skin Abscess
(Skin Abscess, Incision and Drainage)
|Incision and Drainage|
Reasons for Procedure
- Diabetes or other conditions that weaken the immune system
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Your doctor will examine the abscess.
- An ultrasound or other imaging method may be used if the abscess is large or deep. Blood tests may also be used to find out how severe the infection is.
- Your doctor may make sure your tetanus immunizations are current.
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Worsening pain, redness, swelling, and bleeding
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Changes in discharge, such as pus
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Wound Care Canada http://www.woundcarecanada.ca
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Skin abscesses, furuncles, and carbuncles. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated February 12, 2012. Accessed December 11, 2012.
Surgical site infection—prevention. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 9, 2012. Accessed December 11, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 10/2014
- Update Date: 01/13/2014