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Skin Abscess Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • If you have symptoms of a skin abscess—a painful, red lump—see a healthcare provider to get treated. It can become a serious infection if not treated.
  • A provider may drain the cyst (a procedure called “incision and drainage”) and prescribe antibiotics.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Crackling sensation felt under the skin
  • Extreme pain
  • Numbness by the lump
  • Purplish-gray or black discoloration
  • The abscess and surrounding skin become hot and red
  • It spreads quickly
  • Fever

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