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What is the outlook for a skin abscess?

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Once treated, the abscess should heal. Many people require antibiotics, but you may not. The pain often improves immediately and subsides more each day.

Wound care instructions from your doctor may include wound repacking, soaking, washing, or bandaging for about 7 to 10 days.

After the first 2 days, drainage from the abscess should be minimal to none. All sores should heal in 10-14 days.

From: Abscess WebMD Medical Reference

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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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