An abscess forms when bacteria gets below the skin. Pus begins to build up under the skin causing swelling, redness, and pain. Cuts, scrapes, and bug bites can turn into abscesses if they aren’t kept clean, and shaving or waxing can create a pathway for bacteria to invade the skin. Parts of your body with more sweat glands, like your armpits, groin, and genital area, are more prone to abscesses. In breastfeeding mothers, untreated mastitis can develop into an abscess requiring drainage.
If you have pain and localized redness under your skin, if you have swelling or warmth, or if pus begins to ooze out, seek urgent medical treatment because an abscess may be forming.
Most abscesses require surgical incision and drainage, particularly if you develop a fever or have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, or kidney problems, and/or receiving medical treatments such as dialysis, chemotherapy, or steroids.
At CityMD urgent care, our doctors will numb the area using a topical anesthetic. We’ll make an incision on the abscess with a small surgical knife and drain out the pus. Once the pockets are drained, we’ll pack the abscess with sterile gauze to prevent the pus from reforming.
Upon completion of the treatment, we’ll book you a follow-up appointment in two days to examine the wound and determine if you need further treatment.
How to get rid of an abscess?
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Abscess Treatment Cost
The total cost of Abscess Treatment varies greatly depending on a variety of criteria. Price is dependent on factors such as medical examination fees and the type of injuries and treatments required. Please contact our office for more information.
In case of urgent medical care assistance, AfterOurs Urgent Care offers immediate telemedicine services, where medical providers are available to offer assistance. Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms requiring urgent medical attention can simply book an appointment with AfterOurs Urgent Care to directly talk to an expert. If your medical issue is not appropriate for telemedicine, we will let you know and refer you to an in-person facility.
When to visit a doctor:
If you had an injury while playing sports or exercising, you should see a medical provider in order to avoid possible serious complications.
Treatment regarding sports injuries is available at AfterOurs Urgent Care.