Abscesses and felons are infections under the skin that may occur
when bacteria enter a cut or wound on your skin. This collection of
bacteria can produce pus (a thick, colored liquid). If the wound or
cut in the skin heals over while there is pus underneath, it can
form a pocket beneath the skin. This can occur and cause pain with
even minor wounds. A felon is a type of painful abscess found near
the end of a finger. You are more likely to develop an abscess or
felon if you have diabetes or other diseases that decrease blood
circulation or lower your immunity.
SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
• Pain, swelling, redness, and warmth around the abscess.
• Swollen lymph nodes in the area.
• A general ill feeling.
WHAT YOUR DOCTOR CAN DO:
• Surgically open and drain the abscess. This requires making a
small cut (incision). This will ease the pressure and pain and
• Pack larger abscesses with medicated gauze to absorb the pus.
• Prescribe antibiotics to help fight bacterial infections.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Keep the wound clean daily as directed to help it heal.
• Elevate the wound above heart level. Helps to decrease swelling.
• Apply moist heat to the site for 15-20 minutes at a time several
• Clean all wounds and apply a clean bandage or gauze dressing.
• Wash hands well both before and after handling a cut or bandage to
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
• Healing should occur in 7 to 10 days. If the abscess is large it
may leave a scar or need further treatment.
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ASSISTANCE If the infection does not get better with