What to Expect from an Abscess Incision and Drainage

Abscesses are infected pockets of tissue and pus that accumulate under the skin. They almost always require drainage to resolve the infection and prevent it from recurring. Because abscesses typically become progressively worse and can cause a more dangerous infection if they are left untreated, it is important to seek urgent care if you think you have one. Here is a look at what you can expect from the abscess drainage procedure.  Abscess - incision

Pain Control

Most people who seek abscess incision do so because the abscess is painful. In some cases, the physician at the urgent care facility may recommend that you receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the abscess. Some abscesses are resistant to anesthesia, and the inflammation can make the numbing injections more painful than they are normally. For this reason, some people may opt to have the abscess opened without anesthesia or to take a sedative before the procedure. Your physician will review all of your options and help you make the right choice for you.

Incision and Drainage

Your physician will make a small incision in the abscess, which allows the pus inside to begin to drain out. For many people, pain relief is immediate. Because the incision can close up before the drainage is complete, a small drainage tube may be placed at the site to keep it open, or it may be packed with bandages to prevent it from closing before the drainage is complete. If the abscess is not drained completely, it could come back.

Drain Removal

You will need to return to the urgent care facility to have the drain or packing removed within a day or two of the incision procedure. Your physician will advise you when to return and what kind of aftercare you may need.

Perimeter Clinic provides walk-in urgent care treatments for everything from abscesses to stomach bugs. Get on the road to wellness as soon as possible when you need care by visiting us for your non-emergency urgent care needs in Atlanta. You can learn more by calling (678) 904-5611.