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How can I prevent a skin abscess?

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  • Maintain good personal hygiene by washing your skin with soap and water regularly.
  • Take care to avoid nicking yourself when shaving your underarms or pubic area.
  • You think there may be some debris in the wound.
  • The puncture wound was caused by a bite - human, insect or animal.
  • You are on steroids or chemotherapy.

Seek immediate medical attention for any puncture wounds, especially if:

From: Abscess WebMD Medical Reference

Authors and Editors

Author: William T Durkin Jr, MD, FAAEM, Consulting Staff, Emergency Care Dynamics. Editors: Steven C Gabaeff, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson, CA; Expert Consultant, Medical Board of California, Sacramento, CA; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2017

Authors and Editors

Author: William T Durkin Jr, MD, FAAEM, Consulting Staff, Emergency Care Dynamics. Editors: Steven C Gabaeff, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson, CA; Expert Consultant, Medical Board of California, Sacramento, CA; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2017

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