A common treatment for an abscess is for a doctor to open and drain it, according to WebMD. If the abscess is small, treating it at home by applying a warm compress may be effective in providing relief.
When a doctor treats an abscess, he first numbs the area with medication and covers it with antiseptic solution, explains WebMD. The doctor then cuts it open and drains it of any pus or residual waste. After that, he inserts packing material into the remaining space to prevent bleeding and keep it open. The doctor places a bandage over the area and prescribes pain medication to be taken at home for a few days, if the patient does not experience immediate relief.