Abscess

Abscess on skin:

Abscess may be already draining on its own or may require I&D.

  • Bactrim DS 1 tab bid for 10 days (20 tabs).
    • If allergic to Bactrim (allergy to sulfa):
      • Doxycycline 100mg PO bid or Clindamycin.
  • Analgesic: Lortab 5 X 10 tablets.
  • Start Sitz bathes (depending on location of abscess).
  • Culture wound/abscess (anaerobic and aerobic – bacterial).
  • Recheck abscess next week to determine if there is a need to perform an I&D
  • I&D: Need Lidocaine, sterile packing gauze, sterile scalpel.

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