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What size of abscess should be drained?

Before an abscess is drained, a trained medical professional must evaluate it. Depending on the size and location of the abscess, you may be placed on a round of antibiotics to improve your condition before an incision and drainage are considered.

Small skin abscesses will typically drain on their own. Deep abscesses extending into the skin more than 0.4 cm will likely need to be drained by a medical professional.

Symptoms of infection that haven’t responded to antibiotics may require an abscess to be drained regardless of size. Your doctor may also choose to drain your abscess if it is causing you pain.

What is an abscess?

Is abscess draining considered surgery?

Does abscess incision and drainage hurt?

What can you expect after having an abscess drained?

Do I need antibiotics after abscess drainage?

Can an abscess come back after drainage?

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