Treat abscess with an ointment


In medical jargon, the term “abscess” refers to a collection of pus surrounded by a capsule in non-preformed (non-preformed) body cavities.

The causes of an abscess are usually inflammatory processes that lead to the melting of the tissue. In many cases, an abscess develops with no apparent external cause. For example, as a result of tissue trauma during surgery, through injections, through foreign bodies or through a general weakening of the immune system.

Usually are bacterial pathogens directly or at least indirectly to the Involved in the development of the abscess. As well most common bacterial pathogens which leads to the formation of an abscess applies Staphylococcus aureus. In exceptions abscesses can be observed in which no pathogen detected can be. In this context, one speaks of so-called "Cold abscesses".

The typical symptoms of an abscess Local swelling, reddening of the surrounding skin, noticeable overheating and sometimes severe pain.
The therapy if there is an abscess, in most cases it consists of one surgical opening of the pus cavity (synonym: abscess split). After opening the abscess cavity, the one located in it can Pus can drain freely and the Heal affected tissues. Already at this point in time, the pain felt by the affected patient usually decreases significantly or even disappears completely. In some cases a Drainage created and thus the Pus drainage promoted become.

Failure to do so appropriate treatment can lead to it serious complications come. In some cases, the abscess drains in a fistulous manner. That means it becomes one Burglary into preformed (preformed) body cavities or hollow organs can come.
There is also the Risk of spreading bacterial pathogens into the bloodstream and the resulting creation of a Blood poisoning. In such cases a antibiotic treatment initiated become. In addition, it comes after a spontaneous opening of an abscess usually too severe pain and to Development of unsightly scar tissue.

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In general, when using ointments to treat an abscess or relieve abscess-related symptoms, some should behaviour rules get noticed. To the To prevent the causative bacterial pathogens from spreading, an abscess must never be touched with the fingers. Ideally, this should be done when applying an ointment Gloves worn and the Hands are then thoroughly washed and disinfected.


The ointment may also contain an antibiotic.

The treatment method of first choice for large abscesses is surgical opening of the abscess cavity and removal of the pus collection. In addition, anti-inflammatory strips and pain relievers can be applied to the affected tissue. Patients with abscesses usually feel severe pain. These can be treated with an analgesic ointment until a doctor's appointment is possible.

In this context, however, the affected patients should always be aware that the temporary relief of symptoms is only provided by the active ingredients contained in the ointment. As soon as the duration of action of these substances is exceeded, the pain returns with the same intensity or even increases. For this reason, a local pain reliever ointment should only be applied to bridge the time until the next possible doctor's appointment. It is in no way an actual treatment for the abscess.

Some of the affected patients also use special ointments that have an antibiotic effect (antibiotic ointment) to treat an abscess. According to the manufacturer, these ointments should be applied to the surface of the skin three to four times a day and then absorbed into the abscess cavity. The active substance contained in these ointments is usually an antibiotic directed against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus.
To what extent a locally applicable antibiotic ointment can be regarded as a sensible treatment measure in the presence of an abscess is questionable. On the one hand, it should be noted in this context that Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that belongs to the physiological skin environment. This means that this bacterium can also be detected on the healthy surface of the skin and therefore fulfills important tasks.
The generous application of an antibiotic ointment has the consequence that Staphylococcus aureus is killed on the healthy skin surface and the natural skin environment is negatively influenced. On the other hand, it can be assumed that only a small part of the active ingredient contained in the ointment can actually be absorbed via the skin surface and transported into the abscess cavity. It is doubtful whether this tiny amount is sufficient to effectively treat the abscess.

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In addition to using antibiotic ointments, some of the affected patients swear by the use of one Ointment the pain reliever and anti-inflammatory ingredients combined. With these ointments, too, the individual active ingredients should be absorbed by the surface of the skin after application and then reach the abscess cavity. According to the majority of patients, it happens with regular use of such an ointment a noticeable reduction in pain. However, it is also an ointment that contains pain relievers and anti-inflammatory agents not a suitable method to treat an abscess.

Furthermore will various ointments offered, those who Promote spontaneous opening of an abscess and in this way are intended to make surgical treatment superfluous. As a rule, an ointment of this type has various active ingredients which the Thinning the outer wall of the abscess cavity. The manufacturers assume that a It is unlikely that the pus will drain into the body and / or the bloodstream as a result.

However, the application of such an ointment should critically questioned become. Especially with large abscess cavities, the accumulation of pus triggers enormous pressure on the surrounding tissue. Thinning of the outer cavity wall increases the likelihood that the abscess will drain outward, but it is Release of bacterial pathogens into the bloodstream cannot be ruled out. This can be the emergence of a Blood poisoning (sepsis) and the Damage to various organs as a result to have. In addition, it must not be forgotten that with a spontaneous opening of the abscesseven if it is directed outwards, in most cases unsightly scars stay back.

Is there an abscess ointment available without a prescription?

Over-the-counter ointments are also available at the pharmacy.

An abscess is a encapsulated collection of pus in a newly formed Tissue cavity, of the Abscess cavity. Smaller abscesses can initially be treated conservatively. The symptoms can be relieved quickly with ointments that are available in pharmacies without a prescription. These ointments are pull ointments that reduce inflammation.

The over-the-counter ointments include the Ilon® ointment, Posterisan acute ointment 25mg, Ichtholan® ointment or Thrombocid ointment 40mg.

If an abscess is noticed early, an ointment can often prevent the full extent of the developing inflammation with capsule formation. In the pharmacy you can get information and advice on the various over-the-counter ointments.

Effect of the ointment

An abscess that is still quite small and is still in its early stages can, under favorable circumstances, be treated very well with an abscess ointment.

These ointments are pull ointments that can relieve a slight abscess through their mode of action. They are used for various chronic inflammatory skin diseases such as boils, acne, pimples and psoriasis.
Among other things, they alleviate pain and reduce sebum formation and flow. They also have an antibacterial effect. The ingredient is ammonium or bituminosulfonate Ichthyol called. This is extracted from oil shale, processed and then processed with many different substances to make pulling or pulling ointments.

The ingredients also irritate the skin very strongly. The inflammation initially becomes stronger. The increase in inflammation also stimulates blood flow to the skin. More immune defense cells reach the inflamed area and can react against the infectious abscess. The capsule can thus be destroyed and the pus can empty to the surface of the skin. The opened abscess can then heal from within.

The healing is often completed faster if the pulling ointment is regularly applied to the affected skin area.

Ilon ointment

The Ilon abscess ointment In contrast to the classic pull ointments, it has its own mechanism of action. It is based on a triple action.

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  • pain reliever
  • anti-inflammatory and
  • lets the pus drain away quickly.

The various effects are based on the different ingredients the Ilon Abscess Ointment. It contains purely vegetable substances, there are many essential oilsthat smell pleasant. In addition, it is great for most patients well tolerated and can regularly be applied to the affected areas in the event of acute inflammation or for prophylaxis.

The ingredients include Larch turpentine, the stimulates blood circulation and disinfectant works. Purified turpentine oil has anti-inflammatory effects and other essential oils made from rosemary, eucalyptus and Thyme oil Act antibacterial, soothing, disinfectant and are effective against parasites.
They continue to include vaseline, Beeswax, Oil- and Stearic acid. These named substances cover the skin surface well and prevent it further penetration of Bacteria. In the case of an acute, encapsulated abscess, it can quickly lead to a significant improvement in symptoms due to the various effects. When applying maintains they simultaneously the skin and thus promotes healing.

Homeopathic ointments for the abscess

Ointments with black elderberry are particularly suitable.

In addition to the abscess ointments that can be attributed to debt medicine, various homeopathic ointments are offered for the treatment of accumulations of pus. Black elder is a particularly popular active ingredient for treating small, rather superficial abscesses. With such an ointment, care must be taken that the preparation should be applied as generously as possible to the surface of the skin.
Ideally, a compress or something similar is used after applying the ointment.
The affected patient must ensure that the skin surface above the abscess is always covered by the elderberry ointment. In order to intensify the effect of this homeopathic ointment, the surface of the skin can be disinfected every three hours and coated again with the preparation.

Abscess ointment with antibiotics

An abscess can be treated differently with antibiotics, which must be prescribed by a doctor. In large, heavily encapsulated abscesses, many immune defense cells congregate as Inflammatory response around the capsule, trying to fight the inflammation. Antibiotics that reach the inflammation site via the blood often cannot pass through this membrane and cannot penetrate to the bacteria.

Nevertheless, one tries first the conservative treatment with antibiotics and abscess ointments. Antibiotic therapy is particularly used when the abscess has opened or spontaneously opened itself. The bacteria can then spread to the tissue but also to more distant regions via the bloodstream. There is a risk that the bacteria will settle elsewhere and one renewed inflammation or even the formation of an abscess trigger.
In addition, spread bacteria can attack the organs and lead to global inflammation. In this case one speaks of a sepsis. The antibiotic should then be given early. In the best case, one happens intravenous administration, the antibiotic then arrives quickly into the bloodstream and to the location of the inflammation.

Surgery for an abscess

The surgery an abscess is the most effective way to remove it completely. This is due to the fact that a capsule always forms around the pus focus of the abscess through which antibiotics can only penetrate with difficulty in order to take effect directly there. The pathogen, which is also located within the capsule, can only be attacked to a limited extent. So it is best to open up the abscess.

He is under sterile conditions pricked. It is also said that the abscess is “split”. In the case of superficial anesthesia, the area is initially anesthetized. Deep, inconveniently located abscesses are treated under general anesthesia. To open the abscess, the skin is cut in layers with a scalpel. A drain is inserted through which the pus can drain. Ideally it will be like that surrounding areas not contaminated with the pathogen. This increases the likelihood of recurrence (Relapse) prevented. One disadvantage, however, is that secondary bleeding can occur more frequently, which in turn encourages renewed infections.
The inflamed tissue is then removed and the wound cleaned. It is washed out with a rinsing liquid, which is also supposed to disinfect the wound. The wound is then not sutured, that is, it is “treated openly”, which prevents pathogens that have remained from being encapsulated again.
Furthermore, the remaining wound must be cleaned regularly and the bandage changed regularly. Inserting plates, sponges or chains that carry antibiotics can support the healing process in the further course.
The follow-up check-ups should definitely be attended. Should you have a fever or until the next examination strong pain contact a doctor immediately, as these may be the first signs of blood poisoning.

If pus has got on the sheets or clothes, they should be washed. Such an abscess split usually only takes a few minutes. An abscess should never stabbed on your own because the risk of spreading germs is too high under non-sterile conditions. In the worst case this can lead to blood poisoning (sepsis) to lead.

Abscess in the genital area

Abscesses can often also occur in the Intimate area arise and lead to unpleasant pain there. Add to that that many patients Do not see a doctor in time because of your feelings of shame and the inflammation continues.

The abscesses often form in the groin, on the buttocks or on top Edge of the thigh. Cause for the emergence can among other things clothing that is too tight, improper hygiene or the Intimate shave.
When shaving it can small injuries come, get into the bacteria and eventually become a infection to lead. Then in any case it should refrained from tight clothing are so that the inflammation is not further irritated.

If the patient discovers the first changes, doctors recommend one early treatment with an abscess ointmentthat can prevent a capsule from inflammation and formation. In addition it alleviates the discomfort and promotes healing.

Is the conservative therapy unsuccessful, should be doctor for further treatment.

To prophylaxis should be on comfortable clothes, one regular and proper hygiene and on one careful intimate shave be respected with subsequent care.