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How to treat a drug injection abcesse?

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Rajive Goel 17 Dec 2011

Abscesses are usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. This is one of the kinds of bacteria that is responsible for endocarditis. The best way to avoid abscesses is to always use clean injection procedures. In particular, always use clean syringes and always clean the area in which you are injecting with alcohol.

The first thing to do is to apply heat to the infected area. The extra heat will help to kill the bacteria which are causing the infection. Elevating the area is also helpful. In fact, the two together comprise the standard therapy with which to start.

If the abscess does not get better, it will be necessary to drain it. Before doing so, heat the area to make it easier to drain. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Rinse your hands and the infected area with alcohol.

Get a sterile needle. This should not be a used needle that has been bleached clean. Find a new needle, from a pharmacy, needle exchange, or other dependable source. Diabetic finger lances may also be used.

Puncture the abscess several times with the sterile needle. The exact number of times will depend upon the size and severity of the lesion. This will allow the abscess to drain. Apply pressure around the outside of the abscess to encourage the removal of blood and puss.

You might consider taking antibiotics, please do consult a doc/pharmacist who would prescribe the antibiotics.

Take care, best wishes!

LiverLips 18 Dec 2011

Excellent answer, Rajive! Information that many of us will find useful! Good job!

from Wendy :)

Rajive Goel 19 Dec 2011

Thanks Wendy, you take care & have a nice week ahead!

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