An abscess infected with Staphylococcus aureus is incised and drained of purple pus and irrigated. A drain is placed to allow drainage to continue for a few more days to be sure that the infection has adequate time to clear. Antibiotics are used because this patient has other similar skin infection sites which will resolve with use of systemic antibiotics. If other infection sites also feel like they are filled with pus drainage will be necessary again.
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