Main Article on Skin Abscess Question: What treatment was effective for your abscess? Submit Your Comment Comment from: DOPEFIEND*NOT*A*KNOC, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 08 I've had numerous abscesses due to shooting heroin. They can be dangerous, I know a couple who died from them and I have heard about a few more. But I’ve never been to the hospital, I’ve popped all of them myself or I got help from one of the homies. I had one on my thigh with so much pressure, and the pain was too much but my homegirl gave me some Prid. I put it on at about 8:00 that night, I woke up to fix it at about 2:00 in the morning and it had popped. We went to work and got the core out; that stuff is a1. Comment from: Jocy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06 I have had a pilonidal cyst many times in my life, the first one at 15. The pain hit and nothing was there. After a few days I couldn’t sit or walk. My mom brought me to the hospital. The doctor agreed to sedate me. He drained and packed the abscess. I had the same procedure 7 times after that throughout the years, but no sedation. And once I had an abscess under my armpit. It was worse than the pilonidal cyst. I ended up having a panic attack after the procedure due to the pain. It was the size of a golf ball. Comment from: Terminator, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 24 I had a perianal abscess that started to develop, grape-sized. I stopped drinking alcohol and started a juice cleanse with garlic. I juiced lots of healthy vegetables, ginger and garlic. I drank juice 3 times a day. Minimal carb intake. I also drank lemon water and had Epsom salt baths with tea tree oil for 2 hours every day. I put coconut oil and tea tree oil mix on it when I would get out of the bath. It’s now been 2 weeks and it’s completely dried up and gone. It didn’t have to burst either. Comment from: iCarry66, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 31 I kept getting boils on my pubic hair. Big, small or huge abscesses, several at a time. Very painful! I don’t know why they stopped after an appendectomy! Haven’t had any, not one since! To ease them I used Emuaid and prescription medicine. What worked the best was SSD (silver sulfadiazine) for burns 1 percent cream. Comment from: Specialty, 35-44 (Patient) Published: January 30 For abscess you can start to drink turmeric when you notice it. That prevents you from getting high fever and chills. For the abscess you can put magnesium sulphate or you can mix Epsom salt (it must be ground finely) and mix it with glycerin to arrive at the same thing. Then you can clean the abscess and apply the mixture over the abscess. Put on a gauze over the abscess. Change and repeat until the abscess bursts on its own. Comment from: John Doe, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 13 I have an unexplained discomfort in and around my belly button. Comment from: Home relief , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20 I had vaginal abscess years ago. I went to the doctor, they numbed the area with needle, drained and packed it. It was painful, and I am not going through that again. So now, years later, again another one came. I did home remedy with coconut oil, turmeric powder on a gauze, put it on the abscess overnight, and had salt and Epsom salt sitz bath. And if you can get some soft candle in the Chinese or Korean food store. In two days it burst on its own for me; relief and no doctor, no needles. Comment from: Marriedmomoftwo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 18 I've tried many things for my anal abscess. I've done hot compresses, emergency room visit twice where the 2nd time they lanced it, but nothing came out. I used a natural salve called H salve, lidocaine ointment, ibuprofen for pain, and was put on Augmentin. I'm so done with the pain. Please make it stop! Comment from: Kenny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 31 I've had 3 anal fistulas in 20 years. Two of the abscesses I let rupture on their own, and for one abscess I went to the doctor, they drained it and packed it. My first one was huge and finally ruptured, and the amount of pus and who knows what came out! I sat in oatmeal baths for a few days. The reason I continue to occasionally get one is because I need actual surgery on the gland. It is very painful and very embarrassing when you have it drained, but immediate relief once opened. Mine are always on the edge of my rectum. Comment from: Crystal , 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05 I myself have been struggling with a breast abscess that got infected. It is really painful but I went to the doctor and got antibiotics and I am on my second round of medicines. On my first round I started using raw cabbage leaves and within two days it ruptured; trust me it works! Just clean the leaves before applying it to your abscess. QUESTION Ringworm is caused by a fungus. See Answer Comment from: Dreeves , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 17 Massages of apple cider vinegar with Q-tip on the chalazion after warm compresses 2 or 3 times a day helped me. But I also think it depends on the person how stubborn these things can be. Comment from: NEE, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02 I am a 39-year-old female and I have been getting boils since my 20s. They're painful. I just had 3 under both armpits, and I couldn't bear to let the emergency room cut under both arms because I was in so much pain. The right arm wasn't so bad, just my left arm. I haven't gotten any good sleep in a week because of them and it’s bad enough. I am down south visiting family, and I know when I get home I am going to my doctor to see if they can give me something for them and/or refer me to a specialist. Comment from: Sher, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 30 My 38 year old special needs daughter had pain on one side of her buttock. I looked but didn’t see anything. Then she was so tired, just wanted to sleep, and her eyes looked bad; didn’t want to walk around at the mall. It was a Sunday so we took her to an urgent care clinic. Found out it was a large abscess. They gave her a shot of penicillin and a prescription for penicillin for 10 days. Give Epsom baths 3 times a day. Eat yogurt and watch for fever. She does continue to sweat. Comment from: OttawaMarc, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 10 I have an ulcer infection from cancer treatment. They want to put in intravenous antibiotics into me for the abscess. I continue with Epsom salt baths and have the area packed and cleaned daily by a home care nurse. I am switching from Percocet to hydromorphone. Comment from: peahen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 Like many of the stories I've read, I had gone to the emergency room to seek help for my abscess. I was treated dismissively by the doctor, they literally put bacitracin on it and gave a USD 570 bill. Well, I tried and old timers’ remedy, Prid homeopathic drawing salve. One night of Prid under a Band-Aid and the entire abscess drained just like that. I could not be happier with the results. It is 10 bucks at CVS. Comment from: Girl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 02 I have my first abscess in my groin, and this is now day 8 of me hoping it would just go away. No home remedies worked for me. Today I went to use peroxide after reading these comments, it looks like it might finally be coming to a head. Then a lightbulb went off for me to use Finipil, as I got this from cutting myself shaving. Pretty much any salon has it. It's an antiseptic that kills bacteria on the skin, good for irritations and ingrown hairs. So if it pops on its own the infection won't spread. Comment from: Mandi, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 30 My daughter started with pain in her upper buttocks area. There was nothing there, not a mark nothing. A few days later the pain was very bad and a purple like mark was there but nothing else. Then a very small hard filled bump appeared and 24 hours later it burst out old very foul smelling blood. By this time my daughter had a fever was faint and crying in pain. Hospital took her in for surgery as the tip of the abscess was all that had been showing and hers was deep down. Comment from: Kierra , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 10 I have this hidradenitis thing going on. I’m only 24 but it’s been about 4 or 5 years of dealing with this. On a recent trip for answers at the dermatologist, I was introduced to Humira, the best thing I’ve come across. As a beginner if Humira, you have to give yourself 4 shots on the first day, from that first day on out, I never had a new cyst or abscess pop up. I was having them frequently before Humira. A new one would begin to develop almost every other day, this was amazing help for me! Comment from: Oxytocin.Indigo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 Clean the entire area with Dial soap or antibacterial soap, and wash hands thoroughly. I suggest gloves depending on the location, if not always. Baking soda warm water soak is good for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. If it is necessary and you cannot or will not go to a doctor as soon as you begin to notice signs of infection, with a sterile blade you can make a small cut on the abscess, this will undoubtedly relieve pressure instantaneously. Be sure to lance the abscess carefully, and be sure to add soft consistent pressure to the area. Be sure to note redness and pain, and swelling. Consult a doctor immediately. Monitor the area for further infection. Comment from: SandyEggo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 24 I have waited thinking it would get better and had to have the abscess drained and packed. I thought the ones on my face were bad, that was until I got one on my labia. It really hurt. Warm compresses kind of helped until it burst on its own. But in my experience, it's sooner the better with going to the doctor and getting antibiotics. SLIDESHOW Rosacea, Acne, Shingles, Covid-19 Rashes: Common Adult Skin Diseases See Slideshow Comment from: Hugh Manatee, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 22 Occasionally I get abscesses between the scrotum and rectal area. Upon the first sign of stinging, I use iodine wipes to cleanse it and then a good sized dose of Neosporin ointment two or three times a day. Usually they will head up and pop on their own after a day. Re-treat it again and it's fine. Comment from: Jordan, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 07 My son would get a recurring abscess on his leg. After the 3rd round of antibiotics we decided to try Nuvaderm liquid. I read that it kills staph infections. Best thing I ever did because the next time he had it I put this stuff on (exceeding the affected area) and the next morning it was gone! There really is no guidance on how long to treat so I kept applying it for the next 9 days. Honestly I wish I could tell everyone that suffers from these things to try this because it was a miracle for us. Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 30 I had an abscess develop on my buttocks once and it festered off and on for about a year. The only treatment given it was to allow it to burst on its own, which it did after a year. I then made a paste of raw garlic and applied it for an hour. No more problem since. Comment from: Beenthere, (Patient) Published: September 29 I am currently recovering from what appears to be a perianal abscess. It had me bedridden for days. I searched online for home treatments and tried 2 of them. First was a mixture of baking soda with Bragg apple cider vinegar. I made a paste and placed it on the abscess. After the 3rd time the abscess began to discharge and relief was immediate. It went from pain level 10 to about a 7 to 8. The vinegar paste burned a little so I decided to try the more popular tea tree oil and turmeric paste. That also burned but I sucked it up and applied it for at least an hour at a time. I did these applications for about 4 days straight. It would help it discharge as much as possible and I also took Augmentin and then amoxicillin during the entire time. The abscess is still draining but I am around a pain level 3 so I am one happy girl. As a precaution, I am probably going to see a doctor, but just want others to know that if you find yourself in a bind, those 2 home remedies do work. Comment from: SCS, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 15 Ever since childhood I have had what the Navy doctors diagnosed as sebaceous cysts of the scrotum. As I grew through adolescence, so did the abscesses. I would use a needle to excise the 'cheese' while squeezing and let it heal on its own. I know now that wasn't the smartest procedure, but it worked. Later in life the number and frequency of the cysts have diminished dramatically and they barely developed. Now that I'm in my 50s, I have also developed cysts under my armpits and sought my doctor's advice. He gave me antiseptic soap to wash the area with, 3 times a day. It either worked or they just went away on their own. With the summer months and the increased sweating, I have had a recurrence and found the best solution is to just let them be and they eventually are absorbed back into my body. There is a syndrome named after someone that points out a certain trait where a person will develop cysts in their feet, penis and hands. I have them in 2 of the 3; maybe it just occurred on my scrotum and missed the penis. Hands and feet could cause issues later in life, but so far I'm just dealing with it. I hope my testimony helps. Comment from: Karen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 16 An abscess is no joke especially when they reoccur. I have experienced an abscess on my thigh for many years, and I was given every antibiotic, Accutane, prednisone and various ointments. What helped me most was weight loss, turmeric capsules, and I continue to bathe in hot water. If fever is present peroxide will reduce the fever and clean the area. My doctor advised me to limit chocolate, Coke and milk. I love milk but only drink it once in a while now. I also occasionally use Butt paste. This is to relieve me of the drainage and odor these things can cause. It will dry the area for a while. Hope this helps someone. Also check out hidradenitis suppurativa. Good Luck! Comment from: ilove2give, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 07 Fasting. Nothing but water for 2 to 4 days would get my body eating away at the abscess and usually by the 5th day it was almost gone. It is such a simple process but after 3 days of fasting the body goes into ketosis and starts to feed on itself, eating away at fatty reserves and also miscellaneous things like cysts and sicknesses within the body. The cysts occasionally reoccur in my anus and as soon as I feel the first signs of a lump down there, I commence fasting with nothing but water and the cyst goes. Comment from: ggoodguy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 17 I am currently experiencing an abscess between my anus and scrotum. At times I have unbearable pain. Then it drains. This is after surgery with no anesthetic. I continue to have hope that this does not take years but days. Reading below this is ridiculous. Comment from: Kelly, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21 I had a cyst/abscess cut open and drained in the doctor’s office. I wasn't given antibiotics. Two weeks later I was in pain and couldn't walk. It was a very bad infection that led to multiple operations and 3 months in the hospital. I am wondering if this is because I didn't receive any antibiotics. I think I may need a lawyer. Comment from: Angie , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I have an abscess on my inner thigh and so scared to have it lanced because the pain of it is so bad. I had one pop up while I was pregnant and the doctor just gave me antibiotics and it went away but I can’t seem to remember what it was called. It was a life saver and now I wish I had saved the bottle so I would know the name of it. Comment from: Sorry Mom, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 10 My son had pain down under and we thought it might be hemorrhoids so kept trying remedies for that for a few weeks, while we tried to get his insurance switched to expanded Medicaid. Anyway, the pain from the abscess got worse, and produced a fever, so we went to a clinic who sent him into surgery for a complex fistula, later diagnosed with Crohn’s. Moral of my story is, don't mess around, and see a doctor no matter what. I regret that I didn't because maybe it wouldn't have gotten so bad if he'd seen a doctor sooner. Comment from: Shivanie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 08 I have an abscess on my buttock which burst 3 day ago. But I can’t get it to drain completely because the hole is round and deep and hard also, and nothing is coming out. I don’t know what to do and am afraid to go to the doctors. Comment from: Rosemary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 27 I had an abscess drained under my armpit 4 weeks ago. I have been going to see a nurse every day since to get it packed and put a clean dressing on. Today I am in a lot of pain and I have taken pain killers. Comment from: Real420ganja, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 17 The emergency room (ER) did not drain my abscess. I have a big one on my lower ear lobe the size of a nickel and very painful. I got antibiotics and pain medicines. If it does not go down I will be very annoyed. The ER was very unprofessional, I may need another visit elsewhere. Comment from: Mazza, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 07 I have a 2 inch long surgical incision done 2 weeks ago in my groin, it was stitched in the middle and left open at the ends. It seeped a steady stream for 9 days and seemed ok then it started to close up at the bottom end and started to ooze brownish smelly fluid at the top. I had a course of antibiotics and have kept it sealed up with Tegaderm patches, apart from washing daily, but it still smells and is all closing up. It should be opened and packed but they said it was too deep, hence stitches. I am menstruating now so I have to cover it up; and I work and walk about! I can’t get to my doctors till end of week. Comment from: jojo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 04 I know it may sound really strange but I was in so much pain from recurrent abscesses (I had around 10- 6 or 7 of them were 'operated' on and some made my leg swell twice the size with the abscess in between the size of an egg and a cricket ball). The abscesses were usually on my leg or in my arm pit; I had one in my rectum area too. I had been to the doctors so many times and put on dicloxicillin which seemed to help at the time, yet they still kept on recurring. I searched and searched the internet for answers and cures and I stumbled upon earth clinic that seemed to have a number of people who had raved about turmeric (over 300 out of 320- something like that- people had said it worked for them when having recurring boils). So I gave it a try- it tastes horrible, I mixed 1 to 2 teaspoons with hot water then downed it. I probably did this for a couple of weeks daily. I think there are capsules you can get if you really hate the taste. It really worked for me. Then I followed the instructions that if I ever felt another one coming (once or twice I had the start of a lump) and it went right down after drinking turmeric. Sorry if this doesn’t work for you, but if it can help someone I will feel happy that I wrote this. I know I was desperate and am so happy I found this simple cure- with almost no side effects. Comment from: Van, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 30 I had lost my self-esteem because of the hard lumps I had in my upper buttocks which came after getting some malaria injections. I used to massage the abscesses but all in vain and my buttocks were becoming deformed, so I stopped... but up to now they still bother me. I thought they were cancerous but after reading all these I guess they aren't. Wonder if they can be reduced without surgery; I had the injections 7 years back. Comment from: PamelaJ17, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11 An abscess is nothing to fool around with on your own. I’ve had a peri anal abscess off and on for three months. I thought it was MRSA. My nurse practitioner and a surgeon I’ve never met are semi-frantic because they’re very worried about sepsis, a bloodstream infection that can kill you. Get to a doctor, walk-in clinic or emergency room now. Don’t wait. Comment from: Godthatsnasty, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 30 I am not sure what I'm going to do with this one. I have a nice large, well-groomed abscess spanning from my scrotum all the way up to my anus (almost in it). It just started yesterday, but grew very large very quick! In the past year and a half I've been having abscesses pop up from anywhere on my scrotum, buttock, thigh, calves and face. Most of the time they're not painful. But they're annoying and nasty. I'm thinking about a doctor visit. Hopefully I can do something to keep them from returning. Comment from: barbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03 I had an abscess on my right foot from a pain shot and my foot and ankle swelled. I have never had a problem before when I had the shots. Doctor says it is phlebitis, but online it says nothing about it within the foot areas. I wonder what could have caused this. Comment from: jwark, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 23 Thanks to whoever mentioned turmeric. It has worked wonders for me. Comment from: kinkyto, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 16 I have been HIV+ for over 20 years now, and thanks to medical treatment, I have been pretty much in good health. I’ve been able to keep working. A few months ago I started having severe pain on my right hip. I went to the ER, and after a few tests I was diagnosed with an abscess on the head of the right femur. The abscess was first aspirated (fine needle guided). Then I have surgery on the hip to remove any abscess let and check on the bone for osteomyelitis. Comment from: Scott, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 29 I developed a bad abscess on my pelvis. It had gone from a small bump to the size of a baseball in just four short days. I went to the ER and they admitted me immediately. Within 24 hours I was in surgery. The result was a giant hole in my pelvis and three days of IV antibiotics. Now I am attending a wound care clinic every four days and the doctor said it will be quite some time before I heal. What a crazy place for an abscess to develop! Comment from: tamjay27, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 13 I have had two abscess surgeries in the past three months. That's two open wounds with packing under my left armpit. I now have four (abcesses) under my right armpit. I'd really like to know what's causing these, but my doctor cannot tell me and I am very upset. Comment from: p.a girl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 09 I've been dealing with abscesses since I was 20. I'm 31 now. I currently have one under each arm and one underneath my breast. I've been to the emergency room twice this week and the ER doctor said they weren't ready to be drained and sent me home with antibiotics that usually don't work. Comment from: aussiemum32, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 13 I have suffered from abscesses since I was 16 years old. I am now 33 years old. Antibiotics don't work and I am allergic to penicillin. I have tried every type of soap, cream, over counter, and prescription known to man. 10 years ago I was told that I would have to have my sweat glands removed and skin grafts over my armpits to get rid of them. Since then they have spread to my groin, and I have tremendous scars as a result, I am constantly self-conscious of them, and whenever someone sees the scars, I have to tell them. I have yet to find a treatment that works. I have had about three surgically removed. I am happy and sad knowing there are others out there suffering. This is painful, and I would wish nothing more than a cure to be found. In the meantime, I would try follow the advice of others who have shared things they have tried and keep my fingers crossed. If it works for me, I will be sure to share my experience so that others may find relief from this horrible skin condition. Comment from: Abscessmagnet, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 08 I have at least three or four abscesses drained in a year. I have been having this problem for about 12 years now. I am a 38 year old male and I am constantly going to the hospital to have them drained and packed. This makes it hard to keep a job. I also suffer from severe anxiety so I believe stress also plays a big part in this. They are very painful and can be very debilitating. Comment from: Maxi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 15 I have has several abscesses and am about to have one lanced today. No antibiotics work for me. Comment from: Anon, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 08 In September I was diagnosed with cellulitis and abscess of the buttock. I also got sepsis from this infection. It stemmed from a cut I got from shaving my bikini area. The infection tunneled through that area and ended up swelling my left buttock. I immediately went the ER, I was weak, could not walk or sit and was in excruciating pain. That night in the hospital it burst near my anus. The next day I was in surgery and they had to go in and finish draining it and removing any dead cells. It was extremely painful, humiliating and humbling. Afterwards, I had a nurse come to my home daily to pack the wound. If they do not heal properly it can lead to a fistula. Hopefully this won’t happen again, as it has still not healed completely and I am in the second month. Please take good care of your body. If you cut yourself take the proper precautions. I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy. Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 10 I have had multiple abscess over the last couple of years, I have had them in my armpits, buttocks, groin, shin and knees, hips and upper thighs all have been painful but thankfully only a couple have needed to be lanced and all have left me with horrible scars. The one thing I have figured out is that major stress can cause them at least for me, so to be as preventative as possible I use a body wash called Physohex (not to be used on children), which is a disinfectant and if I have a abscess and it has got a head on it I use a drawing ointment called Magnoplasm which draws out the pus that can be a little stubborn. Comment from: dln84, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04 I had gotten an abscess inside of my abdominal wall where I had appendicitis. It formed about 10 days later and kept me in the hospital for almost 2 weeks. They treated me with 3 strong antibiotics & I had to have a drain surgically placed in the abscess and flush and drain 4 times daily. I will have the drain removed on Monday hopefully if the CT scan says it is ok. I’m still on antibiotics for it. Mine is about the size of a golf ball...painful and no fun. I hope nobody has to experience this. This happens to about 20% of patients after a removed appendix. Comment from: embarrassed, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 11 I just went to the doctor, he said that I have an abscess near my anus... very painful and embarrassing. I really can’t do anything without aggravating it. All he did was give me some antibiotics and told me to take hot baths as much as I can till it pops. From what I’m reading it doesn’t seem to be a very effective way to treat it. I have also heard of a pilonidal cyst and I have heard that doctors can drain these. I should probably see another doctor. Comment from: marie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02 I was four months pregnant when I got an abscess on the lower part of my stomach was very painful. I went to the doctor and it burst as she was looking at it. I was given antibiotics and I was very worried, but I was glad I went to the doctor. Having an abscess is not a pleasant experience but it’s such a relief when it drains. Comment from: james, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 01 For boils, get a second opinion. I found a peanut sized lump in my armpit on Monday. I went to see the doc on Tuesday and told I had pimple. I went back on Friday because the pain was unbearable and was told I had a cyst. They lanced it and sent me home. Sunday I went to a walk in clinic to have the bandages changed and they repacked it WITHOUT freezing!! I almost passed out. Monday I was back again and told the "abscess" had spread and now the oreo sized lump had to be cut open like an old change purse. Now I have to go back daily to get the dressing changed and I hope I can avoid being admitted to emergency... so if you have a peanut sized cyst get it lanced early. Comment from: bob from ohio, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 01 I have been getting abscesses most of my life. I get them all over and they are brutally painful. I get one fixed and another one comes to ruin my life. I can’t them to go away. I can’t work and I can hardly sit still and I have lost all of my jobs. I have had several surgeries for them and they keep coming back. I don’t know what to do. I have no money and I am in danger of becoming homeless because of this. When I tell people my problem, they look at me funny, or think I’m making a big deal out of nothing, but they have no idea how much this disables someone. I wish it would just go away so I can have a real life. Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I had an abscess on my lower thigh. I’m not sure what caused it, but I went crying to the ER in the middle of the night. My advice is that if you think you have an abscess, get to the doctor. You don’t want to get to the point I got. It was so painful I could barely walk because the tissue in my leg was so tight and swollen. They lanced it and packed the wound as it had been draining. Yes, it was painful, but it was worth the relief. It has been an extremely horrible experience. It has been almost five days and it is still very sore. I don’t think I could have taken much longer trying to get the stuff out with hot compresses. My advice to anyone dealing with this is to just suck it up and go in and have it drained if you are reading this. Get your antibiotics and pain medications and the quality of your life will be greatly improved while you recover. Comment from: Sleeping_beauty21, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 27 I am currently recovering from an abscess that formed under my armpit. I tried to pop it myself, yet the infectious puss caused 3 more to appear, leading me to rush to the emergency room where they were cut open, drained, and stuffed with packing. Two days later I pulled the stuffing out. It was the most painful experience of my life. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Comment from: helpme79, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 08 An abscess isn’t a joke. It’s nothing like a toothache. Some say labor pains are more pleasant. I don’t know about that because I don’t have kids, but I can say you’ll feel like ripping someone’s head off when you’re experiencing the pain. It’s massive and I would not wish this on anyone. Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 15 I’m dealing with an abscess around my cheek they are very painful. The main cause of an abscess is dirty ingrown hairs yes people, gigantic razor bumps if you can catch it early there’s a chance. Look for hair growing out and back in to the skin and when you see it grab your tweezers and yank out the hair. There may be a little bleeding and pus then sanitize with rubbing alcohol or Bernadine or sterilize a pin and pop and drain then sterilize. Comment from: sophie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 22 I had an abscess in the groin. I had it for over a year and doctors kept treating it with antibiotics until I couldn’t stick out the pain anymore. I was sent up to hospital within 1 week and I was admitted. I had local antithetic to remove the abscess. It took 5 weeks to heal so hopefully that’s it. I should have been removed long before this that was 7 weeks ago. Comment from: 11yr old boy, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: May 24 My 11 year old son has one on his bottom the poor boy didn't tell me for a week he said he had a football injury, we rushed him to hospital one morning when he woke up crying in so much pain. They had to operate and it had become that big they couldn't pack it but had to stitch a tube in there to let it drain. They say it will be in for about a week. It's now day 3 in hospital and he is still in so much pain. Don't leave it until the last minute to get it checked out.