Current Management of Abscesses

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Abstract

Abscesses are common skin and soft tissue infections, and their incidence has continued to rise substantially over the years. Despite the high prevalence of abscesses in current care, the management of abscesses varies widely between care providers. This article reviews the current management options for simple cutaneous abscesses in patients, including review of the epidemiology, differential diagnosis, diagnostic studies, and changing practice of wound cultures and antibiotic therapy. In addition, this article outlines the essential steps of abscess management, informing practitioners of current best practice options as evidenced by current literature or expert opinion.

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