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Procedure - Abscess Draining

Abscesses are tender and painful masses on the surface of skin that feel warm to the touch. They are pink to deep red in color and can show up anywhere on the body. Common abscess sites include the armpit (axillae), the base of the spine, anus, or around hair follicles. All abscesses should be addressed by a professional, but they can be particularly dangerous if they develop near the rectum or groin.

Abscesses are infections that can have a few possible causes. If an oil or sweat gland obstructs, abscesses can develop underneath the gland. If the skin is punctured or breaks, germs can get underneath the skin and an abscess may form as the body’s defense mechanisms try to kill of the germs. Another common cause of abscesses is inflammation of hair follicles. If hair is plucked, nicked, or shaved, this can trigger an inflammatory response causing an abscess.

How are abscesses treated?

Do not attempt to squeeze, puncture, or drain an abscess on your own as this may injure the underlying blood vessel and make the infection spread. If you suspect that you have an abscess, make an appointment with an Ogden Clinic physician.

Ogden Clinic physicians diagnose and treat abscesses often, usually through draining the sore. Abscesses are not difficult to drain but should be drained professionally. Schedule an appointment today if you have a sore larger than 1 cm or if it continues to grow.

After an Ogden Clinic physician drains the abscess, you will be given home care instructions. It’s important that the sore stays clean and uncontaminated while it heals. You may also be instructed to soak or flush the wound as part of your home care. Rest assured your Ogden Clinic provider will give clear direction on how and when to address the wound. After a couple of days, drainage of the abscess will be minimal; you may no longer need to drain it. Abscesses usually heal on their own when proper follow-up care is used.


Amann, Kelly, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Anderson, Elisabeth, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Arbon, Brett, FNP-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bailey, Chase, DNP
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Baires, Enrique, MD
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Belfry, Carolyn, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bielik, Candace, PA-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Bledsoe, James, DO
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Broadbent, Daniel, MD
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Browne, Michael, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Bruce, Stephen, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Butters, Bridger, PA-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Chappell, Daniel, DO
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Christensen, D. Carl, FNP-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Christensen, Lane, DNP
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Christian, Mark, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Christiansen, Van, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Cope, David, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Davis, Christopher, DO
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Eggleston, Darek, DO
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Fischer, Roxina, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Grogan, Rodney, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Hagemeyer, Matthew, MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Hazzard, Sandra, DNP, FNP, WHNP, CNM
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Heder, Lane, PA-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Hemmersmeier, John, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Johnson, Eric, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Kester, Brittany, PA-C, ATC
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Larson, Dallen, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Marsh, Damon, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Miconi-Correa, Lisa, FNP-BC
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Neville, Roark, MD
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

O'Brien, Grace, DO
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Peterson, Bryce, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Phelps, Nathan, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Reynolds, Kerry, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Rigby, Rohn, MD
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Sandberg, Rebecca, FNP-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Schmitz, J., MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Severance, Michael, PA-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Shanafelt, Emily, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Stephens, Lisa, PA-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Ward, Raymond, MD, PhD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Ward, Amanda, FNP
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Wasden, Michelle, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

West, Renee, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Westbroek, Ryan, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Wilson, Kayleen, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Wozab, Jessica, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900