Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abscess Armpit Treatment

Treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa usually includes skin cleansing, antibiotics, oral contraceptives for women, hormone therapy, isotretinoin, and oral corticosteroids. Severe cases of hydradenitis suppurativa may require surgery.

Treatment options for hidradenitis suppurativa include:


Incision and drainage includes:
  • The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
  • A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the carbuncle.
  • An incision is made with a scalpel.
  • Pus is drained from the abscess.
  • The abscess cavity is flushed clean.
  • In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
  • The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.

Abscess Armpit Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hidradenitis suppurativa:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Abscess Armpit References
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