I had another post on here about what happened, but I need advice on the aftercare of an open wound. 3 days ago I went to the er, long story short I had an abscess on the inside of my butt a few inches away from the anus. they lanced it drained it, packed it. 2 days later went back to the er where they removed the packing & decided to pack it again (very painful experience, nothing to numb it while repacking). The dr told me there was a very very small piece of gauze there & he wouldn't be surprised if it fell out on its own, he said if it didn't fall out to just pull it out. He told me that after the packing comes out to rinse it with water & put a gauze bandage on top of it & tape it down. This morning I went to the bathroom & all I did was use toilet paper to wipe & the gauze packing came out, no pain or anything it just came out. I rinsed the area off with water and placed a gauze bandage over it & taped it on with medical tape. My only question is, would water be sufficient when just rinsing? I don't need to put peroxide or anything on it before placing gauze on it? My husband looked at it & he said it looks fine, no redness, no swelling. I got a slight look at it & the cut looks pink & oval shaped, very small maybe the size of the tip of a pinky finger. I have the gauze on it right now & it stings a little when I sit, I'm assuming the stinging is because it's now open with no packing?? I'm also worried the gauze will get stuck to the wound, I don't remember how many times I'm supposed to change the gauze as well. Other than this I feel fine, no soreness just stinging, no fever, no nothing just the annoying sting when I sit. It's not even bad enough for the pain meds they gave me at all. I guess my biggest fear is infection, I did rinse it off quite well with water, the dr never mentioned putting anything on the open wound other than rinsing with water. I'm trying not to be a worry wart I guess they scared me a little when they mentioned the word "infection" when telling me how to care for it to prevent infection. I;ve never had something like this before & the area where it is has me extremely worried of it getting infected but I did go to the bathroom this morning & the cut didn't appear "dirty" though I did rinse with water using a handheld sprayer. Sorry about the long post concerning my rear end but this is all new to me. I;m hoping that maybe now it may start to close up since the packing is out??? I'm following up with my GP next week. feeling fine other than the stinging when sitting, just overly worried I guess.