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If abscess drainage happened by itself with a boil, will it heal up without a doctor?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Usually

Drainage is the most important aspect of treatment for abscesses, whether performed by a doctor or spontaneous.
But when doctors drain abscesses, they usually irrigate the cavity and then pack it with gauze to make sure it closes from the inside out rather than from the outside in. When it drains on its own, try to keep it washed out and open on the outside so the pus doesn't reaccumulate.

In brief: Usually

Drainage is the most important aspect of treatment for abscesses, whether performed by a doctor or spontaneous.
But when doctors drain abscesses, they usually irrigate the cavity and then pack it with gauze to make sure it closes from the inside out rather than from the outside in. When it drains on its own, try to keep it washed out and open on the outside so the pus doesn't reaccumulate.
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