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Abscess (cont.)

Skin Abscess Follow-up

  • Carefully follow any instructions regarding wound care recommended by a health-care provider.
    • A health-care provider may have the patient or the caregiver remove the packing. If so, it is best removed while the area is moistened with water.
    • After the packing has been removed, soak or flush the area for 10-20 minutes, three to four times daily to allow the wound to heal properly.
  • Keep all follow-up appointments as a health-care provider may want one to return for a recheck of the wound. Sometimes the wound may require repacking if it continues to drain pus.
  • Report any fever or increased pain or redness to a health-care provider immediately.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2016

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