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Little Rock, AR
A 30-year-old female asked:

I have an ingrown hair grew quickly to 1/2 golf ball with chills, fever, and pain. doctor gave bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but didn't lance it. should it be lanced?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Abscess/boil: If it is truly infected and becoming an abscess or boil, they often need to be drained, be it an "auto i;d" where antibiotics and often warm compresses or even a "drawing slave" can help the area open and drain itself. If that does not work than surgical i;d may be required (lancing). On some occasions, depending on the site, it may heal without lancing. If persists, worsens, enlarges, see dr.
Dr. Marc Abramson
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes: One unsuccessful round of antibiotics. Go back to doctor who now might decide to lance and drain and pack wound in addition to another round of antibiotics.

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