Wound healing. Abscess (large boil) – drained painlessly

In the waiting room I saw a middle-aged man who appeared to be in severe pain, sitting, with great difficulty, on the edge of his chair in the waiting-room. (One can often make the diagnosis of anal abscess at a glance!)

He had a very large, “pointing” abscess on his buttock, very much like the one in the picture below. Pointing means the abscess is ready to be cut open and drained of the pus inside. Without this “humane” treatment, the patient would continue to suffer until the abscess burst of its own accord.

abscess pointing before bursting
This abscess – a collection of pus – is “pointing”. In other words, it is about to burst and is time for the doctor to cut it open with a scalpel to drain the pus inside. (Photo: Courtesy of Amrith Raj. Wikipedia)

This picture shows typical redness (inflammation), swelling and tense “pointing” of an abscess. The small dark spot is a “plug” of keratin blocking the follicle where the abscess most likely first developed. Underneath, there lies a large collection of pus.

Because there is no blood supply inside an abscess, antibiotics are of little use because they can’t reach the bacteria within. Therefore, it must be incised and an absorbent “wick” inserted to assist drainage of fluid and pus from the abscess cavity. As you can imagine, this can be quite a painful procedure, not to mention the suffering that can follow for several days, sometimes weeks, after the procedure.

Instead, by applying wheatgrass extract before draining the abscess, the wound heals considerably faster and pain is markedly reduced to “humane” levels. This is most likely due to wheatgrass blocking the effect of the pain neurotransmitter, Substance P reaching the brain.

Even more remarkable, was the absence of pain and wound discharge (leakage) after the procedure. Also, the cavity had shrunk dramatically and “packing” the wound with gauze was unnecessary to mop up the watery discharge that invariably occurs after this procedure.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.