Incision and Drainage of a Skin Abscess
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 DrainageCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
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 for medical help right away.
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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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Drainage of an abscess is the preferred treatment to clear an abscess. It is often used if the abscess is large, growing, painful, or not improving on its own.
Do not pop or cut an abscess yourself. This can spread infection and make it worse.
Possible complications may include:
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Diabetes or other conditions that weaken the immune system