Bacterial Infections

How is an abscess treated?

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  • A , Emergency Medicine, answered
    When a boil turns into an abscess (large collection of pus), it might need to opened, drained, cleaned and then packed in order for it to heal, called an incision and drainage. This might be done by an emergency medicine (EM) doctor or by a surgeon in the operating room (OR). This is a painful procedure so it is often done in the OR.
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