Let’s Get Technical: Incision and Drainage aka I&D Source NEJM

If you have an infected abscess that requires draining, you might be tempted to avoid medical treatment for fear of what will happen.
This is an I&D instructional video from the New England Journal of Medicine to help you prepare for your visit.
Abscess fans, this might clear up some questions about when and when not to use antibiotics or packing material.
It also differentiates abscess from cellulitis.
Per mayoclinic.org:
Cellulitis (sel-u-LIE-tis) is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender. It can spread rapidly to other parts of the body. Cellulitis isn’t usually spread from person to person.
Left untreated, the spreading infection can rapidly turn life-threatening. It’s important to seek immediate medical attention if cellulitis symptoms occur.
Cellulitis treatment usually includes a prescription oral antibiotic.
YT Poster: Eyad Ahmed
Run Time 10:31

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