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Abscess (cont.)

Are There Home Remedies for a Skin Abscess?

Patient Comments
  • If the abscess is small (less than 1 cm or less than ½ inch across), applying warm compresses to the area for about 30 minutes, four times daily may help.
  • Once the boil drains, it should heal on its own, though this may take several weeks.
  • Do not attempt to drain the abscess by pressing on it. This can push the infected material into the deeper tissues.
  • Do not stick a needle or other sharp instrument into the abscess because it may injure an underlying blood vessel or cause the infection to spread.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2016

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