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Painless Repacking of an Abscess

Painless Repacking of an Abscess

To minimize pain when repacking an abscess, remove the old packing, then squirt 1 mL of 1% lidocaine into the open wound with a syringe (no needle necessary). Wait 1 to 2 minutes and repack the abscess.
Mary K. O'Brien, MD
  Gig Harbor, Wash

 
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