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Should You Drain Pus
Have it excised: If a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may require incision and drainage by doctor. Once healed, have sac removed to prevent recurrence. If simple abscess (or "boil"), should not recur once drained. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tiny 'boil' or folliculitis healing without draining (or I haven't see drainage). Will it come back?
To be or not to be: that is the question? Time will tell. ...Read more
That depends: That depends on how deep and extensive the abscess is. Antibiotics can help an abscess, even a draining one resolve faster. Regardless of whether it is draining or antibiotic use, you still need to have the infected tooth treated with a root canal procedure or and extraction. The abscess will not resolve until the source of the infection is eliminated. ...Read more
How much pain r u in: Most swollen joints do not "have" to be drained--it is done to improve mobility and to reduce the large amounts of pain that tend to accompany them. If no pain or other issue, gradual compression could address it. So, depends on pain tolerance and speed of accumulation. Then it's just a needle & you feel so much better! be sure to wrap it after so it doesn't reaccumulate! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.
Cyst: Always a good plan to seek medical evaluation and possible I&D of infected cyst of neck. Also PO antibiotics are a must. If truly infected than only drainage is possible. Than after healing re excision of the scar and lining of the cyst is needed to prevent recurrence... ...Read more
Not a good idea: Applying a hot compress may drain the whitehead but may make the situation worse by infecting surrounding areas. Better to dry it out than make it wet. Drying shrinks it. ...Read more
Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?
Depends...: For small abscesses, it could just be 2-3 days. For larger ones, days to weeks sometimes. Doctors look at how deep the abscess was, if there was surrounding infection (cellulitis), if there's drainage, where it's located... So a lot of different factors. Best thing you can do is check with your doc, they should be able to give you an estimate. Good luck! ...Read more
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