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Abscess Incision and Drainage

Fast Relief with Urgent Care for Abscess Treatment

When you’re dealing with the pain and discomfort of an abscess, you need fast, professional care. NextCare Urgent Care provides expert incision and drainage services to treat abscesses effectively, ensuring you receive the relief you need without the long wait times typically associated with emergency rooms.


What is an Abscess?

An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms within the body, often resulting from an infection. Common sites for abscesses include the skin, teeth, and internal organs. Symptoms can include swelling, pain, redness, and warmth over the affected area, and fever may also be present. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to serious complications.


Causes of an Abscess

Abscesses are most commonly caused by bacterial infections. Here’s how it happens:

  1. Bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin, like a cut, scrape, or insect bite.
  2. The body’s white blood cells rush to the area to fight the infection.
  3. Pus, a collection of white blood cells, dead tissue, and bacteria, forms as the immune system tries to wall off the infection.
  4. In some cases, the abscess can be caused by a fungal or parasitic infection, but this is less common.


Symptoms of an Abscess

The common signs of an abscess might include:

Localized redness and swelling

Pain and tenderness in the affected area

Fever and chills if the infection spreads

Pus or discharge if the abscess is on the skin surface

Like with strep throat, the only way to accurately diagnose and treat an abscess is through professional medical evaluation.


Testing and Treatment

At NextCare, our approach to treating abscesses involves:

  1. Initial Assessment: Our healthcare professionals will examine the affected area to determine the severity of the abscess.
  2. Incision and Drainage Procedure: This minor surgical procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Our skilled practitioners make a small cut in the abscess to drain the pus, which relieves pain and speeds up recovery.
  3. Infection Control: Post-procedure, we ensure the infection is managed properly. This might include cleaning the area and prescribing antibiotics if necessary.
  4. Follow-Up Care: We provide instructions for caring for the area at home and recommend a follow-up visit to ensure the abscess is healing correctly.


When to Visit Urgent Care for an Abscess

You should consider visiting urgent care if you experience:

Noticeable swelling and redness

Severe or worsening pain

Fever indicating an infection

Our urgent care centers provide comprehensive treatment for abscesses and related complications, ensuring you receive the appropriate care promptly. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can save your spot online to minimize wait times.


Why Choose NextCare for Incision and Drainage?

Walk-in or Book Online: Skip the hassle of waiting on hold. Book your appointment online or simply walk in at your convenience.

Expert Care: Our medical teams are experienced in performing incision and drainage procedures safely and effectively.

We Take Most Insurance: We accept all major insurance plans to get you the care you need without breaking the bank.

Nationwide Clinic Locations: With clinics across numerous states, there’s likely a NextCare conveniently located near you.


Yes, urgent care centers are equipped to drain abscesses. They’ll assess the infection, numbing the area with local anesthetic before making a small incision to drain the infected fluid. Think of it as unclogging a sinking ship – they’re essentially releasing the built-up pressure and letting the body heal itself.

The healing time for an abscess depends on its size and severity. In general, it can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks for an abscess to heal completely after treatment with incision and drainage.

Here’s a rough estimate:

  • ⊕ Small abscesses: Heal within a few days.
  • ⊕ Larger abscesses: May take one to two weeks to heal completely


Following post-drainage care instructions, such as keeping the area clean and applying warm compresses, can expedite healing.

In some cases, minor skin abscesses may rupture or drain on their own. However, this is not recommended. Untreated abscesses can lead to serious complications, so it’s always best to seek professional medical attention.

Leaving an abscess untreated can lead to a number of complications, including:

  • ⊕ Spread of infection: The infection can travel through the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body.
  • ⊕ Cellulitis: This is a serious skin infection that can cause redness, swelling, and pain.
  • ⊕ Sepsis: This is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs.

Here are some tips to help prevent abscesses:

  • ⊕ Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before and after touching any wounds or injuries.
  • ⊕ Keep wounds clean and covered: Clean any cuts, scrapes, or insect bites with soap and water and apply a bandage to keep them protected.
  • ⊕ Treat minor skin infections promptly: Apply topical antibiotics to minor skin infections to prevent them from worsening.
  • ⊕ Manage chronic health conditions: If you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, that weakens your immune system, be sure to follow your doctor’s treatment plan carefully.