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An abscess is an inflamed and infected pocket of pus in the skin. It is often called a boil . Incision (cut) and drainage is a procedure to drain pus from an abscess.
Incision and Drainage
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Drainage of an abscess is the preferred treatment to clear an abscess. It is often used if abscesses are large, growing, infected, painful, or not resolving on their own.
Do not pop or lance an abscess yourself. This can spread infection and make it worse.
Possible complications may include:
- Scar formation
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Worsening Pain
- Fever and chills
- Rash or hives
In case of an emergency, CALL 911immediately.