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What to expect when going to get my boil lanced?

What to expect when going to get my boil lanced?

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 decrease the inflammation. The area is dressed and usually compresses are used at home to continue the drainage. Sometimes an oral antibiotic is prescribed. Some physicians pack the wound although i no longer do this. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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I had a boil lanced yesterday and my Dr said to squeeze it after soaking, but everything I've read says not to..what do I do?

I had a boil lanced yesterday and my Dr said to squeeze it after soaking, but everything I've read says not to..what do I do?

Soak: Best to continue to soak in warm moist cloth or fluid (shower or bath). Pushing tends to traumatize tissue around the abscess and cause infection. ...Read more

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I had a boil lanced 2 months ago and it healed well. Recently, i've noticed that it has raised w/little pain. What caused this and how do I cure it?

Cyst: Sounds like a cyst. A cyst is different in the sense that it has a skin, like a grape. Draining a cyst may provide temporary relieve, but it will usually refill. For a permanent solution, you need to have the whole thing removed. ...Read more

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I'm a CNA that works in a nursing home I got an abscess boil lanced and packed and I was wondering when would it be okay for me to return to work?

I'm a CNA that works in a nursing home I got an abscess boil lanced and packed and I was wondering when would it be okay for me to return to work?

Abscess: If it continues to drain then no. Was it cultured? It may be MRSA. See your doctor for guidance. You are right to try and not spread this to your patients. You may also carry the bacteria in your upper respiratory tract. All the best. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a lanced boil ?

What is the best treatment for a lanced boil  ?

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 patients, heat, and an antibiotic if it is a large abscess are often prescribed. It is essential NOT to squeeze boils, which makes them dramatically worse! Squeezing pushes the pus deeper into tissues, makes a minor pimple into ad serious abscess ...Read more