Abscess

ExitCare ImageAn abscess (boil or furuncle) is an infected area on or under the skin. This area is filled with yellowish-white fluid (pus) and other material (debris).

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • If you were given antibiotic medicine, take it as directed. Finish the medicine even if you start to feel better.

  • If gauze is used, follow your doctor's directions for changing the gauze.

  • To avoid spreading the infection:

  • Keep your abscess covered with a bandage.

  • Wash your hands well.

  • Do not share personal care items, towels, or whirlpools with others.

  • Avoid skin contact with others.

  • Keep your skin and clothes clean around the abscess.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more pain, puffiness (swelling), or redness in the wound site.

  • You have more fluid or blood coming from the wound site.

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

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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