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Abscess (cont.)

Skin Abscess Prognosis

  • Once treated, the skin abscess should heal. The prognosis is generally excellent, but some individuals may suffer from repeated 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 you 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 to 14 days.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery


Stöppler, Melissa C. "Boils (Skin Abscess)." Mar. 24, 2010. <>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014

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