Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Actinomycosis Treatment

Actinomycosis usually requires treatment with antibiotics for 6 to 12 months. Some lesions may require incision and drainage, which allows infected tissue to drain from the site of the infection. With early treatment, the infection resolves completely.

Treatment for actinomycosis may include:


Incision and drainage of a skin abscess includes:
  • The skin 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.
  • The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.

Actinomycosis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat actinomycosis:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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