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Technique to Improve the Rate of Healing of Incised Abscesses

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5810.381 (Published 13 May 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:381
  1. Ian C. Ritchie

    Abstract

    In a comparative investigation incised skin abscesses were treated by either introducing sterile fusidic acid gel into the cavity on one occasion only or applying daily superficial dressings impregnated with sodium fusidate ointment. In comparison with the dressing group, the intracavity use of fusidic acid gel reduced the mean healing time of incised abscesses by approximately one-half. When abscesses were analysed according to site and size, the reduction in mean healing time was equally striking. No hypersentisivity or irritation to fusidic acid or its sodium salt applied by either method was observed.

    The procedure of introducing fusidic acid gel into an incised abscess cavity is a promising alternative to superficial antibiotic dressings or wicks in the treatment of incised abscesses.