Top of Page Next Section: If it doesn't, it's time to call your doctor's office. There was an error. Once all of the pus has been removed, the surgeon will clean the hole that is left by the abscess using sterile saline a salt solution. Take your antibiotics as directed.
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After the pus has drained, the wound will be cleaned and rinsed with saline solution. Do not wear tight clothing over the area.
When it does, wash the affected area with soap and water and dress with a sterile bandage. A skin abscess might hurt and feel warm when you touch it. It's the immune system's job to be on the lookout for infection. If you notice any signs of infection, such as worsening pain, redness, swelling, bleeding, or fever, you should call your doctor immediately.
He or she will numb the area first. Abscesses can form wherever the body is fighting off an infection.
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The same would apply if you have diabetes or have a compromised immune system. Healthwise Staff.
How do you treat a boil? Put a bandage on it so the drainage does not spread.