Abscess in the Vagina Treatment
Treatment for a Bartholin's abscess includes incision and drainage, which opens the abscess and allows pus to drain from the abscess. The procedure may be performed in a doctor's office. After the incision and drainage, warm baths and pain medications will help to relieve discomfort.
Incision and drainage for a Bartholin's abscess includes:
- The labia minora is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
- A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the abscess.
- 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.
- In some cases, a catheter is placed in the cavity, and a balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated.
- The catheter may be left in place for 2-4 weeks.
Additional treatment for a Bartholin's abscess may include:
Abscess in the Vagina Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Bartholin's abscess.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Abscess in the Vagina Specialist
- Omole F, Simmons BJ, Hacker Y. Management of Bartholin's duct cyst and gland abscess. Am Fam Physician. 2003 Jul 1;68(1):135-40.