Self-Care at Home

If the abscess is small (less than 1 cm or less than one-half inch across), applying warm compresses to the area for about 30 minutes, four times daily may help.

Do not attempt to drain the abscess by pressing on it. This can push the infected material into the deeper tissues.

Do not stick a needle or other sharp instrument into the abscess because it may injure an underlying blood vessel or cause the infection to spread.

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