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How to care for my wound and dressing after abscess drainage?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: As instructed
After an incision and drainage of an abscess follow all post procedure instructions exactly.
If anything is unclear call te physician or surgeon who treated you for this problem.

In brief: As instructed
After an incision and drainage of an abscess follow all post procedure instructions exactly.
If anything is unclear call te physician or surgeon who treated you for this problem.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: See you doctor.
Wound care instructions should be obtained from a physician who has inspected your wound.
Not all wounds are the same and not all will have the same treatment. Generally however the wound the site should regularly be cleansed with sterile saline or a wound cleanser. Deeper more involved wounds with signs of infection may require oral antibiotics. Consult with your physician.

In brief: See you doctor.
Wound care instructions should be obtained from a physician who has inspected your wound.
Not all wounds are the same and not all will have the same treatment. Generally however the wound the site should regularly be cleansed with sterile saline or a wound cleanser. Deeper more involved wounds with signs of infection may require oral antibiotics. Consult with your physician.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Abscess care
Your surgeon should be giving you instructions on the care of the abscess.

In brief: Abscess care
Your surgeon should be giving you instructions on the care of the abscess.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Simple Care
The real question is what not to do that slows down healing.
Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

In brief: Simple Care
The real question is what not to do that slows down healing.
Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Call your doctor
It is hard to answer this question without knowing more information.
Simple abscess soap water antibiotic ointment keep it covered. Complicated abscess needs different treatment. Do you need antibiotics by mouth IV etc. Call the doctor who did the procedure.

In brief: Call your doctor
It is hard to answer this question without knowing more information.
Simple abscess soap water antibiotic ointment keep it covered. Complicated abscess needs different treatment. Do you need antibiotics by mouth IV etc. Call the doctor who did the procedure.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ask
Best to ask your doctor or surgeon.
Usually daily cleaning with soap and water after removing the bandage, packing the opening with new clean gauze is indicated.

In brief: Ask
Best to ask your doctor or surgeon.
Usually daily cleaning with soap and water after removing the bandage, packing the opening with new clean gauze is indicated.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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