Painless Repacking of an Abscess

August 1, 2002

To minimize pain when repacking anabscess, remove the old packing, thensquirt 1 mL of 1% lidocaine into theopen wound with a syringe (no needlenecessary). Wait 1 to 2 minutes andrepack the abscess.

To minimize pain when repacking anabscess, remove the old packing, thensquirt 1 mL of 1% lidocaine into theopen wound with a syringe (no needlenecessary). Wait 1 to 2 minutes andrepack the abscess.
- Mary K. O'Brien, MD
  Gig Harbor, Wash