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How long does it take for an abscess to heal after being lanced?

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In brief: Quickly

7-1o if superficial.
Longer it large abscess or extensive soft tissue infection.

In brief: Quickly

7-1o if superficial.
Longer it large abscess or extensive soft tissue infection.
Dr. Todd Campbell
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Dr. Marcus Free
If it's taking a long time or not getting better every day, you should see your doctor again. There maybe undrained abscess, the abscess may have recurred, or you may have persistent cellulitis (tender skin redness around the area) from the abscess that needs an antibiotic (or different antibiotic).
Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 3-5 days

It will usually gradually inprove over 3-5 days.
If the opening closes before the pus has fully drained it may recur and start getting worse again. If there is significant inflammation around the abscess(cellulitis), antibiotics are usually needed.

In brief: 3-5 days

It will usually gradually inprove over 3-5 days.
If the opening closes before the pus has fully drained it may recur and start getting worse again. If there is significant inflammation around the abscess(cellulitis), antibiotics are usually needed.
Dr. Michael Ein
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