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Abscess on Side

I have had a painful lump on my side a little below my arm pit area for probably a couple of weeks. It has become increasingly painful and swollen - I went to the doctor today and she cut it open and drained it but it still hurts like crazy and is still swollen. She prescribed an antibiotic which I started tonight and said to come back Thursday or if I couldn't change the dressing myself to come back sooner and they would change it. Has anyone experienced this? How long did it take to heal?
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4851940 tn?1515698193
The healing process depends on how long it takes for all the rubbish to come out and how deep the abscess is.

If the root of the abscess is left, it will continue to fester.

Make sure that you take the antibiotics as prescribed and do as the doctor advised you.

Take pain relief medication as prescribed on the packet to help lessen the pain.
10389859 tn?1409925468
I'm sorry to hear of everything you are going through.  The pain should subside as the pus/drainage comes out.  Even though the doctor opened it up, the goal is to encourage it to keep draining to get the infection out of your body.

It probably will remain swollen for several days, but everyone is different, so no one can say for sure how long this will be.

Antibiotics take at least 24 - 48 hours before they start working.  Follow the directions closely as many interact with foods and other medications.  Also make sure you finish them even if you start to feel better.

Since you were not prescribed pain medication, if you feel that taking over the counter pain medication if not enough, contact your doctor if you need something stronger prior to your next appointment with her.

If your drainage goes through the dressing she put on you and you are unable to change it on your own, either apply more gauze to the area and tape it, or contact her office to have her change it sooner.
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