Abscess Treatment Not Requiring Drainage

Abscess Treatment Not Requiring Drainage

An abscess is a confined collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue. Most abscesses are found on the extremities, buttocks, breast, axilla, groin, and areas prone to friction or minor trauma, but they may be found in any area of the body. Abscesses are formed when the skin is invaded by microorganisms. Cellulitis may precede or occur in conjunction with an abscess. The two most common microorganisms leading to abscess formation are Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Abscess treatment is easiest when caught early and with proper diagnoses.

Symptoms of Abscesses

  • is firm yet squishy
  • is round
  • contains pus
  • is painful, swollen, and red
  • is hot to the touch, which means it is likely infected
  • features a punctum, a pinpoint opening at the center

Abscess Treatment – not requiring drainage

  • a heat pack to increase blood flow and help fight infection
  • over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as antibiotic ointments, to soothe the skin, speed healing, and prevent infection
  • other OTC medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, to help with pain and swelling