Maintain good personal hygiene by washing the skin with soap and water regularly.

Take care to avoid cutting yourself when shaving your underarms or pubic area.

Seek immediate medical attention for any puncture wounds:

Especially if the person thinks there may be some debris inside the wound

If the person has one of the listed medical conditions that may weaken the immune system

If the person is on steroids, chemotherapy, or dialysis

Once treated, the abscess should heal.

Most people do not require antibiotics.

The pain should improve almost immediately after drainage and subside more each day.

Soak or wash the area daily until the wound heals -- about seven to 10 days.

Usually you can remove the packing by the second day. It rarely needs to be replaced.

After the first two days, drainage from the abscess should be minimal to none. All sores should heal in 10 to 14 days.

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