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Q. Can abscess be closed with sutures after drainage?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara. P
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 27, 2019

Hello doctor,

I had a boil on my left labia, and I had that same boil for 2 years, because my doctor was saying it will go away. But, it did not, and last week I went to hospital and the doctor drained the boil with anesthesia, and then he closed it with stitches, now it is still hard and smells like pus. So my question is why he closed it with stitches? Is that ok? Because the incision was small (1 cm), should it be left open to completely drain? Can I still have abscess left? I asked the doctor and he is saying everything is fine. I am so scared, I would appreciate if anyone can help.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I totally agree with you. After draining a boil the doctor should have not closed the skin with stitches because how much ever adequately anybody drains the pus, some pus will be left behind for which anti-septic and antibiotic dressing has to be done and a repeat examination and if required drainage has to be done after 3 to 4 days. Well, there is a good chance that some pus might be remaining in your case, I advise you ask your doctor to open up the stitches and re-explore the wound.


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