Subcutaneous Abscess

Subcutaneous Abscess treatment in Mangalore


A subcutaneous abscess refers to a pocket of pus that occurs below or within the surface of the skin. This bump is full of pus or a thick fluid. It can appear on any part of the body and generally occurs because of a bacterial infection. An invasive procedure is usually recommended for treating an abscess. The procedure takes around 10-15 minutes. Before the procedure, betadine solution is applied on the site which is followed by the administration of local anaesthesia via an injection. 
A cruciate incision is made by the doctor on the abscess to drain the pus to provide relief to the patient. The swab containing the pus sample is then sent to the laboratory for more examination. After the completion of the procedure, the patient will be prescribed pain killers and antibiotics. Moreover, the site must be kept dry till it gets fully healed. 


Pre Procedure:


During Procedure:

  • This is an invasive procedure that usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size and type of skin abscess. It is performed by the treating doctor with a nurse assisting at all times.

  • You will be asked to sign a consent form.

  • You are settled comfortably in an area where your privacy is respected throughout the procedure.

  • The site of the abscess is exposed and the rest of the body is covered with a bed sheet / blanket.

  • The site is cleaned with Betadine solution.

  • Local anesthesia is administered via injection by doctor.

  • The doctor then makes a stab / cruciate incision on the abscess, drains purulent collection to relieve discomfort and aid healing and collects a pus culture swab.

  • The swab is sent to the laboratory for examination.

  • The site of abscess is dressed by the nurse.


Post Procedure:

  • Post procedure, you may be advised pain killers & antibiotics.

  • You may need to come for dressings daily based on the condition of the abscess and incision or as instructed by the doctor. Regular dressing helps faster healing and prevents infection.

  • The site has to be kept dry and not wetted till the area has healed. You may sponge bathe. 

  • Please wear loose clothing so as not to disturb the dressing and the abscess site.

  • In case you observe soakage or bleeding from the site, contact your doctor immediately.

  • There are no dietary restrictions after the procedure and you may resume normal activities.

  • Post the procedure, culture reports are issued after three days. Manipal is providing the general surgery treatment in Mangalore, visit today. 

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