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Abscesses & Cellulitis

There’s nothing like a story to help illustrate the experience of dealing with an uncomfortable medical situation, such as an abscess or cellulitis. Let’s discuss a recent patient named David, who visited Urgent Care Brisbane (UCB), having noticed a rapidly growing, painful lump on his thigh.

Managing Abscesses and Cellulitis at Urgent Care Brisbane


David’s initial presentation at UCB was consistent with a boil, a localized skin infection that forms in a hair follicle or oil gland. The surrounding skin may become red, swollen, and tender, sometimes with pus at the centre. There is increased risk of cellulitis if boil not treated earlier.

  • Symptoms: Red, tender, swollen skin, pus-filled lump
  • Treatment: Warm compresses, antibiotics, possible incision, and drainage if severe


As David’s condition progressed, his boil developed into an abscess, which is a deeper, larger infection characterized by a pocket of pus.

  • Symptoms: Larger, deeper swollen area, more intense pain, possible fever
  • Treatment: Antibiotics, incision and drainage

Infected Sebaceous Cyst

Sebaceous cysts are noncancerous lumps beneath the skin. They often result from swollen hair follicles or skin trauma. While generally harmless, they can become infected, leading to discomfort and the need for medical intervention.

  • Symptoms: The cyst becomes red, tender, or swollen. It might feel warm to touch and may grow in size. Additionally, there might be a thick, yellow, foul-smelling material draining from the cyst.
  • Signs: Upon physical examination, an infected sebaceous cyst appears as a round lump under the skin. It might feel firm or fluid-filled, and the overlying skin may be red and inflamed.
  • Investigation: Diagnosis primarily involves physical examination, but in some cases, a sample of the fluid in the cyst might be taken for lab testing to rule out other conditions.
  • Treatment: Treatment for an infected sebaceous cyst can involve antibiotics to clear the infection, followed by surgical removal of the cyst to prevent recurrence. In urgent care settings like UCB, minor surgical procedures such as incision and drainage can also be performed to provide immediate relief.
  • In all these cases, Urgent Care Brisbane’s team of dedicated doctors and nurses provide efficient and compassionate care, ensuring patients receive prompt relief and guidance for managing their condition.


David also developed cellulitis, a widespread infection affecting deeper layers of skin and fat beneath the skin, which can spread rapidly if not treated promptly. may be triggered by a simple break in the skin leading to infection go in deep tissue.

  • Symptoms: Widespread area of redness, warmth, swelling, tenderness, possible fever, and chills
  • Treatment: Oral or IV antibiotics

David’s treatment at UCB was prompt and effective, involving a course of antibiotics to treat cellulitis associated with an abscess and, ultimately, an incision and drainage procedure for his abscess. David’s story emphasizes the importance of seeking prompt medical attention when an infection is suspected. If untreated, these conditions can lead to serious complications, including the spread of the infection into the bloodstream.

Next Steps

At Urgent Care Brisbane, we have a team of emergency doctors and nurses ready to diagnose and manage conditions like boils, abscesses, infected cysts, and cellulitis. We provide swift, compassionate care, so you can avoid long waits at the hospital emergency room.

  • Initial evaluation and assessment
  • Antibiotic therapy as required
  • Incision and drainage if necessary
  • Follow-up care and instructions

If you, like David, find yourself with an unexplained painful lump, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Urgent Care Brisbane for rapid, effective treatment. Remember, early intervention can prevent complications and promote faster healing. David said, “I was back on my feet in no time, all thanks to the professional and prompt care at UCB.”

Localised Infection

David’s case started as a localised infection, which means the infection was restricted to one area of his body. Localised infections often start as small, red, tender lumps that can grow and spread if not treated promptly.

  • Symptoms: Small, red, tender lump or bumps on the skin, which may grow in size if untreated.
  • Treatment: Warm compresses, topical antibiotics, and/or oral antibiotics.

Infections with Systemic Features

Sometimes, as in David’s case, what starts as a localised infection can progress to include systemic features. That means that the infection starts to affect the entire body, not just one localized area. This is a more serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.

  • Symptoms: Fever, chills, fatigue, rapid heart rate, and other signs of systemic illness, in addition to localized symptoms.
  • Treatment: Hospitalisation for IV antibiotics, incision and drainage, and other treatments as needed to address the systemic illness.

Incision and Drainage of Abscess and Infected Cyst

After carefully examining David’s abscess, the experienced doctors at UCB decided an incision and drainage procedure was necessary. This straightforward procedure can provide significant relief from pain and discomfort and effectively treat abscesses and infected cysts.

  • Procedure: The area around the abscess or cyst is numbed, a small incision is made, and the pus or fluid is drained out. The wound is then cleaned and covered to allow for healing.
  • Aftercare: Instructions for home care are provided, which include keeping the area clean, applying a warm compress, and taking prescribed antibiotics.

The UCB Difference

At Urgent Care Brisbane, our experienced team understands the discomfort and anxiety that can come with conditions like abscesses and cellulitis. Our objective is to provide you with fast, efficient, and thorough care to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Here’s what you can expect when you choose us for your urgent care needs:

  1. Swift Assessment: Our experienced emergency doctors and nurses will promptly assess your condition, so the appropriate treatment can be started without delay.
  2. Effective Treatment: Whether it’s antibiotics, incision and drainage, or other necessary procedures, we’re equipped to provide the treatment you need.
  3. Comfortable Setting: We’re an alternative to the hospital ER, offering a comfortable, less stressful environment for your urgent care needs.
  4. Continuity of Care: Post-procedure, we’ll provide clear instructions for at-home care and arrange necessary follow-ups, ensuring a smooth recovery process.

Trust Urgent Care Brisbane for your abscess and cellulitis needs, just as David did. Our goal is to provide the highest standard of care, quickly and effectively, so you can return to your daily routine without delay.

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