Absesses often result from puncture wounds, such as scratches or bites. The surface of the skin heals quickly, but germs have been deposited beneath the skin by the nail or tooth. These germs may result in an infection called an abscess.
Abscesses usually require BOTH surgical and medical treatment. Drainage is an important part of treatment, which will depend on such things as the location, size and stage of development of the abscess. A soft rubber drain is inserted into the wound to assist with drainage and is removed once the wound is free of pus.