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Abscess Drainage

An abscess forms when bacteria gets below the skin.  Pus begins to build up under the skin causing swelling, redness, and pain.  Cuts, scrapes, and bug bites can turn into abscesses if they aren’t kept clean, and shaving or waxing can create a pathway for bacteria to invade the skin.  Parts of your body with more sweat glands, like your armpits, groin, and genital area, are more prone to abscesses.  In breastfeeding mothers, untreated mastitis can develop into an abscess requiring drainage.
If you have pain and localized redness under your skin, if you have swelling or warmth, or if pus begins to ooze out, seek urgent medical treatment because an abscess may be forming.  
Most abscesses require surgical incision and drainage, particularly if you develop a fever or have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney problems and/or receiving the medical treatments such as dialysis, chemotherapy or steroids.
At CityMD urgent care, our doctors will numb the area using a topical anesthetic.  We’ll make an incision on the abscess with a small surgical knife and drain out the pus.  Once the pockets are drained, we’ll pack the abscess with sterile gauze to prevent the pus from reforming.  
Upon completion of the treatment, we’ll book you a follow-up appointment in two days to examine the wound and determine if you need further treatment.  
For immediate, fast, and comprehensive care, just walk in any of our urgent care clinics today!  You may also register online or call us at 212-772-3627 with any questions.
During his morning shower, Eddie found a red bump in his armpit.  He thought it was a strange place for a pimple, but didn’t think twice about it.  Throughout his workday at the coffee shop, it started to bother him more.  He closed up the shop at 8pm, and went home, finally able to check it again.  He was alarmed to see that it had gotten redder and bigger.  He touched it gingerly, and some pus started to ooze out.
By now, it was late, but he tried his primary care physician anyway.  The doctor was alarmed when he heard Eddie’s symptoms and said that Eddie should come see him in the morning.  But Eddie has to open the coffee shop at 10 and the doctor doesn’t get into the office until 11am.  
Eddie’s only option is to get someone to cover for him, even though he can’t really afford to lose a day’s work.  He texts one of his coworkers with the request, and gets a text back—“Try CityMD urgent care.  They’re open late.”  
And sure enough—the CityMD nearest to Eddie is still open and he can just walk in, no appointment needed.  Eddie walks in with just fifteen minutes before they’re supposed to close.  He knows how he feels when someone comes into the coffee shop while they’re getting ready to close up, but the staff at CityMD is friendly and welcoming.  The doctor sees Eddie right away, and takes his time to make sure Eddie gets the treatment he needs.  He drains his abscess, and packs it so it would heal.  With the late evening hours, it will be easy for Eddie to stop by in two days for follow up care—without missing any work.