Hiwet Clinic Primary Care
Primary Care Practice located in Houston, TX
An abscess can be painful, but fortunately, there are excellent treatment options available to efficiently resolve the problem. The skillful medical group at Hiwet Clinic Primary Care in Houston, Texas, treats abscesses with effective methods, such as antibiotics, in-office drainage, and other treatments to boost your immune system and general health. If you have an abscess, don’t just wait in the hope it’ll get better. Just walk into Hiwet Clinic Primary Care, call the clinic, or schedule an appointment online today.
Abscess Q & A
What is an abscess?
An abscess is a swollen pus-filled pocket that can occur almost anywhere on your body. Abscesses commonly occur in the armpit.
If an area of your body gets infected, your immune system tries to fight off the infection and sends white blood cells to the area. The white blood cells cause inflammation, and during this process, pus can build up. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, dead tissue, and germs.
Skin abscesses can be easier to detect since they’re usually red painful bumps under the surface of your skin. Abscesses inside your body might not be so obvious and can even damage organs, such as the brain and lungs.
If you have an abscess, you might also have other signs or symptoms of infection, such as a high fever or chills. You might experience pain in the affected area and a general feeling of sickness.
When should I see a doctor about my abscess?
If you notice a visible abscess or if you have pain and think it might be related to an abscess, you should visit Hiwet Clinic Primary Care for prompt evaluation and treatment. Your provider can examine your skin abscess, perform various testing, or provide the right referrals, when necessary.
How is an abscess treated?
How your abscess is treated depends on a number of factors, such as your health and the location and severity of your abscess. If you have a small skin abscess, it might drain naturally or shrink and disappear without treatment. In some cases, your provider might give you antibiotics or medication to help you fight the infection.
Some abscesses need to be drained in the office either with the insertion of a needle through your skin or with a small incision in your skin over the abscess.
How can I prevent an abscess?
Most skin abscesses are the result of bacteria getting into a minor wound, a blocked sweat or oil gland, or the root of a hair, so making sure you keep your skin clean and healthy and keep your immune system strong can help to reduce your risk of skin abscesses developing.
You can reduce the risk of spreading bacteria by:
- Washing your hands regularly and encouraging your family members to do the same
- Not sharing baths and using separate towels
- Waiting until your skin abscess is fully healed and treated before using any communal equipment, such as gym equipment
Get rid of your abscess quickly and effectively by calling Hiwet Clinic Primary Care or scheduling online today.