Should one apply warmth and ointment to an abscess?

This recommendation exists, but it only applies to the early phase of abscess formation. With heat, for example in the form of hot moist envelopes, and train ointment, the abscess maturation is initially promoted, in which the suppuration contracts and encapsulates.

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Subsequently, it is hoped for a spontaneous opening and emptying of the pus. However, if this does not come about or if the inflammation is too strong, the abscess may need to be split by the doctor.

It should be noted that the use of train Ointment does not lead to an increase in the abscess, which could ultimately lead to blood poisoning in the event of a breakthrough. A timely presentation to the doctor is therefore appropriate in any case, and if it applies only to the medically approved trust in the often sufficient self-healing powers.

Author: Dr. Hubertus Glaser

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