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Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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