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I had a large boil on my back lanced a week ago in the ER. I

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I had a large boil on my back lanced a week ago in the ER. I was given the material to pack it and have been doing so. Changing it every 12 hours. The boil was lanced Sunday. Drainage has decreased and the redness has gone down in the surrounding area which is good. Still a fair amount of drainage, but less than before. The wound seems to have gotten deeper, however. It was barely enough of a hole to pack with a white film in the wound, and now it is about a half inch deep and the white film seems to have disintegrated. SO it is getting better, but deeper. I am on Clindamycin. Should I be concerned about the depth or is it just getting everything out and taking bad tissue with it?

Hello Dee,

The necrosed or dead tissue and debris come out by the packing and half an inch deeper wound is not worrisome (the increase in depth in first week is not uncommon). Especially when the other signs like decreased drainage and reduced redness denote better control of infection and healing. At this point of time, it is not concerning. Please do not worry.

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