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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcela Riojas
15 years experience Family Medicine
Lance Boils: Drainage of an abscess (boil) is the preferred treatment to clear an abscess. It is often used if abscesses are large, growing, infected, painful, or ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
53 years experience Dermatology
Minor surgery: Usually a topical anesthetic followup by a local. Then the area is opened and the fluid within it is drained to remove some of the bacteria and decre ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Moore
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Never: Do not ever "lance a gum boil". A fistuala or gum boil is a sign of a deeper infection, the cause of which needs immediate attention. See your regul ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Heat and antibiotics: A boil is a collection of bacteria and white blood cells, that increases in size so it may rupture and spread. Draining it, placing a drain in some pa ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Stye drainage: Typically, a stye is numbed with local anesthesia, then drained. The actual numbing feels like a tiny bee sting, then the entire area goes numb. Fro ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bark
48 years experience Dermatology
Boil: The actual procedure of lancing a boil can cause some pain and is often treated with an anesthetic prior to lancing the boil.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Coden
36 years experience Ophthalmology
Minimally: A stye is a layman's word for chalazion, which as an ophthalmologist, is very commonly seen and treated on a daily basis. An injection of local anesth ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not usually: This is not typically advised but on occasion, dermatologists will inject lesions with steroids.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
See below.: In performing this procedure, dr. Zadeh will make an incision over the area of infection under local anesthesia. The pus is drained and the hair and s ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marina Landa
31 years experience Pathology
outpatient or inpati: Treatment may include antibiotic therapy, hot compresses and application of depilatory creams. In more severe cases, the cyst may need to be lanced ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Not So Bad: The pain from an "i and d" is dependent on the location & severity of the abscess and the method of anesthesia. A simple one just under the skin can ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: The reason is that once the skin is broken this acts as a portal for infection.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: If cyst is large, aspiration should be performed. The needle that can be employed should be 22 gauge minimal to get the fluid out. There should be n ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Marsupialization: Marsupialization means uncovering the skin covering the cyst and open it to heal from the periphery of the cyst.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
45 years experience Dermatology
Surgically : Boils as a rule do not have sacs but similar appearing infected skin cysts or e.I.C. Do have sacs that need to be removed surgically to keep them fr ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience Dermatology
Boil: While possible, it would be better to give it warm compresses and to see your doctor. There will be bacteria in the boil and a culture should be done ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
21 years experience Vascular Surgery
Already occurring: If a drainage procedure was done the wound should have been left partially open. The dressing changes will do the debridement. Make sure to change dai ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience General Surgery
Removal : Entire cyst had to be cut out. If the area us too large, sometimes, it will have to left open and a "wound vac" applied. Ur surgeon will discuss this ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Clot: These cysts need complete excision removing the sebaceous material and the capsule as well or it will regrow. You are likely feeling a bit of clot und ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Yes: During draining the boil and if it's anesthetized before draining. It hurts either way.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
No: Without proper medical training you may worsen the situation or further injure yourself. Also it would be nearly impossible for a person to see that a ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Zweig
44 years experience Dentistry
Piercing: A dentist is highly trained and skilled to deliver injections in a painless, and appropriate way. The needles are no thicker than they need to be to ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience Phlebology
Very little pain: Endovenous laser treatment (evlt) is a minor, outpatient procedure that is performed with local anesthetic. It causes little pain, essentially no down ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Dass
13 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not usually: Liposuction can be done under local or general anesthesia. The recovery is usually very quick. I often perform laser liposculpture under local anest ... Read More
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