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Abscess Follow-Up


An abscess

is an area under the skin where pus (infected fluid) collects. An abscess is often caused by bacteria. You can get an abscess anywhere on your body. Your gauze packing has been removed and your wound is not infected.


may be given to help decrease pain or treat a bacterial infection.

Seek care immediately if:

  • The area around your abscess becomes very painful, red, or swollen all of a sudden.
  • You have blisters filled with blood, or your skin makes a crackling sound.
  • You have a high fever or chills.
  • You have pain in your rectum or pelvis.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your abscess returns.
  • The area around your abscess has red streaks or is warm and painful.
  • You have back or stomach pain. You may have aches in your muscles or joints.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Continue to care for your wound as directed:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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