This is the drainage of infected fluid (pus) from a lump, or abscess.
A skin abscess is an infected lump on the skin that is usually tender and filled with pus. The incision and drainage of a skin abscess involves cutting the skin over the abscess to drain the infected fluid (pus).
Skin abscesses can result in swelling, redness, spontaneous drainage of pus, pain and tenderness. On rare occasions, fever and chills can develop; especially if there is a delay in treatment. Unless a skin abscess is very large, it can usually be treated during the initial evaluation. This is done by making a small cut (incision) above the abscess and allowing the infected material (pus) to drain. The area can then be adequately cleaned.
To prevent infections that can lead to an abscess, keep all wounds (even minor ones) clean and dry.
While some abscesses go away with self-care, there may be times you need to see a healthcare provider for treatment. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and how long you've had them.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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