Current thinking is that incision and drainage of a simple cutaneous abscess is enough. Meaning no antibiotics needed. But can we do better? A recently published article in the NEJM suggests that giving trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole to patients with skin abscesses can improve cure rate after I and D as well as decrease the likelihood of recurrence.
Abscess + Antibiotics = Better Outcome? Full episode audio for MD edition 16:30 min - 13 MB - M4AAbscess + Antibiotics = Better Outcome? 23 MB - MP3