Most abscesses are caused by an infection with staphylococcal bacteria. When bacteria enter the body, the immune system sends white blood cells to fight the infection. This causes swelling (inflammation) at the site of infection and the death of nearby tissue.
How do you drain an abscess at home?
Abscess treatment self-care at home. If the abscess is small – less than 1 cm or less than a half-inch across – applying warm compresses to the area for about 30 minutes, four times a day, can help encourage it to point and the pus to drain. Do not attempt to drain the abscess by pressing or squeezing.
How do you drain an abscess?
Draw local anesthetic into the syringe using the 18-gauge needle and inject skin surrounding the abscess using the 27-gauge needle. Make an incision directly over, extending the entire length of the area of greatest fluctuance. Use forceps to stretch open the incision, allowing the contents of the cavity to drain.
Can an abscess make you feel sick?
Most abscesses will continue to worsen without care and proper incision and drainage. The infection can potentially spread to deeper tissues and even into the bloodstream. If the infection spreads, fever, nausea, vomiting, increasing pain, and increasing skin redness may develop.