Abscesses can become incredibly painful and even life-threatening when left untreated for an extended period of time. The qualified care team at Hollywood Walk-In Clinic on Selma Avenue treat abscesses and other urgent care needs without advanced notice.
An abscess is a fluid- or pus-filled bump on the skin, most often resulting from bacterial infection. Abscesses are most commonly caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria, which enters the skin through hair follicles or broken skin.
Due to potential risk of infection, abscesses should never be drained at home. Small abscesses are common and typically resolve on their own. Large, painful abscesses often require medical intervention.
Healthcare providers are trained in isolating infection and preventing the spread of infection to other areas of the body. They also have access to a sterile working environment and appropriate sterile equipment. Always seek medical treatment for the surgical drainage of abscesses.
Most small abscesses resolve on their own without medical intervention or complications. However, serious abscesses left untreated pose significant risk of complications to the patient, including potential for:
· Central nervous system infection (meningitis)
· Sepsis or poisoning of the blood
· Infection in the lining of the heart (endocarditis)
· Gangrene or other death of tissue near the abscess
· Infection of surrounding bone
It is important to visit a healthcare provider if an abscess does not go away on its own before becoming large or painful.
Without local anesthesia, abscess drainage can be very painful. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area and limit or eliminate pain for the patient. Local anesthesia is safe and non-invasive.
Patients will leave the clinic with instructions for pain management at home. Some pain management methods may include the use of heat packs and pain medications. Patients may be required to limit physical activity during the healing process. The home care plan is designed to anticipate and prevent pain before it occurs, so patients should take special care to follow the doctor’s suggestions even when they are not experiencing pain.
The Hollywood community is hard working but at the same time, widely uninsured. We are therefore geared toward the uninsured but we are currently contracting with insurers for the convenience of our insured patients. We are beginning to accept insurance but our 'payment at time of service' prices the same which are listed on our menu of services page.
"The best urgent care in my area!Fast, friendly, and professional. They know what they are doing"
"The doctor I saw was genuinely concerned about me and make me feel like she actually cared about me getting better. I would highly recommend going here if you're unwell"
"I love this place. I have been there a couple of times in the past and I have never had to wait in the waiting room more than 20 minutes... Highly recommend"
"Very clean, complimentary tea and phone chargers, and free parking even if it's a tight fit. Staff is courteous and professional. Definitely recommend."
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"... I'm so happy I came here. The parking was free, the check in process was extremely easy and the staff was amazing"
"We are glad we found this clinic and it will be our go-to place in the future when we need someone to care for us!"
" I'm really impressed with this place... I was able to get prescribed for what I needed and was satisfied."
"I can't say enough about Hollywood Walk-In Clinic...this place is a Godsend!"
"Clean waiting room, nice staff and Michelle is great. Good to have in the neighborhood."
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"BEST walk in clinic in all Hollywood and west Hollywood area... good service and affordable prices."
"The doctor I saw was kind and knowledgeable. The facilities are clean. The wait was only 30 mins"
"I've seen a variety of doctors and PAs and all of them have been kind, concerned and very helpful."
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"Great service. Friendly staff and provider. Prices are reasonable. I'm glad we chose this location. Very clean and efficient."
"Thanks for your help today and last week. I would and have recommended this clinic to a quite a few people."