Duration of the healing of a back abscess
How long it takes for an abscess on the back to heal depends mainly on the size and location of the abscess. Surgical splitting by a doctor is the only way for the abscess to heal permanently. After the operation, the wound remains open and must be cleaned regularly by the patient. Depending on the size of the abscess, it may take several days or weeks before the wound is completely closed.
Abscess of the neck
Painful abscesses often form in the neck. In most cases the cause of an abscess in the neck is an inflamed hair follicle (folliculitis). The hair folliculitis is caused by bacteria, in most cases Staphylococcus aureus.
Through heavy sweating or excessive sebum production of the skin, the hair follicle can close up and the bacteria multiply. The bacteria migrate along the hair shaft into the deep skin layers and lead to inflammation of the tissue and pus formation. In the neck, folliculitis is often promoted by the use of hair conditioner.
Residues of conditioner clog the pores in the back and promote the development of skin impurities from which an abscess can subsequently develop. The resulting abscess is red, swollen and filled with pus. In many cases the pus empties spontaneously and the abscess heals. In case of persistent or particularly large and painful inflammations in the neck, a doctor should be consulted.