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Abscess (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis for a Skin Abscess?

  • Once treated, the skin abscess should heal. The prognosis is generally excellent, but some individuals may suffer from recurrent abscesses requiring medical attention.
  • Most people do not require antibiotics.
  • The pain should improve almost immediately after drainage and subside more each day.
  • Soak or wash the area daily until the wound heals -- about seven to 10 days.
  • Usually one can remove the packing by the second day. It rarely needs to be replaced.
  • After the first two days, drainage from the abscess should be minimal to none. All sores should heal in 10-14 days.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2016

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