Abscess Treatment Not Requiring Drainage

What is an Abscess?

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.

Characteristics of Abscesses

  • Fluid filled tissue is firm yet squishy
  • Contains pus
  • Painful, swollen, and red
  • 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

Seeking Treatment + What To Expect

When you seek care at iCare Emergency Room and Urgent Care, you will be evaluated by board certified emergency physicians and registered nurses. Upon arrival patients receive a free medical screening evaluation to assess your condition and symptoms and assign you to the appropriate department. For minor illnesses our team can help identify and treat many the symptoms in urgent care. If your condition is more severe or life threatening, we are able to treat you in our ER or transfer you to a local hospital. Your treatment team will evaluate your medical history performing a physical exam and any additional laboratory testing that is needed and create a treatment plan including administering medications as needed in order to help you feel better sooner! Next time you become in need of emergency or urgent care, visit one of our convenient DFW locations.


Sources: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/skin-abscess#treatments