Keep the area clean, apply a topical antibiotic, and don't try to squeeze the pus out. If a boil or pimple, applying warm compresses a few times daily may hasten drainage.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Area is extremely painful and swollen
  • Inflammation or redness of the affected area
  • Fever

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Area hasn't healed in one to two weeks
  • Area is increasing in size
  • On face

Last Updated May 25, 2018

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