Treatment for a furuncle usually includes warm wet compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Incision and drainage may be required for some of these infections.
Treatment for a furuncle includes:
- Apply warm compresses:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 4 hours.
- Clean the skin thoroughly twice a day:
- Use mild soap and water.
- Do not scrub the furuncle.
- Do not squeeze the furuncle.
- Antibiotics for furuncle
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Incision and drainage for furuncle
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.
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat furuncles:
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