An abscess (boil or furuncle) is an infected area under your skin. This area is filled with yellowish white fluid (pus).


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep the skin clean around your abscess. Keep clothes that may touch the abscess clean.

  • Change any bandages (dressings) as told by your doctor.

  • Avoid direct skin contact with other people. The infection can spread by skin contact with others.

  • Practice good hygiene and do not share personal care items.

  • Do not share athletic equipment, towels, or whirlpools. Shower after every practice or work out session.

  • If a draining area cannot be covered:

  • Do not play sports.

  • Children should not go to daycare until the wound has healed or until fluid (drainage) stops coming out of the wound.

  • See your doctor for a follow-up visit as told.


  • There is more pain, puffiness (swelling), and redness in the wound site.

  • There is fluid or bleeding from the wound site.

  • You have muscle aches, chills, fever, or feel sick.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.