An abscess is a pocket of fluid that collects under the skin in particular areas of the body. Also referred to as carbuncles, cysts and boils, an abscess is often painful, swollen and inflamed. If left untreated, an abscess can develop into complications such as scarring or sepsis. To treat an abscess, you will need a medical professional to create an incision to properly drain the fluid-filled pocket.
What Causes an Abscess?
An abscess most often occurs when bacteria is trapped under the skin, leading to an infection. Instead of simply fighting the infection, the body may contain the infection, building a pocket containing the invading pathogens and the white blood cells that are fighting the infection. As dead bacteria and white blood cells build up, the pocket can become large and inflamed.
Blocked sweat glands, ingrown hairs, and foreign objects such as splinters or needles can lead to the formation of an abscess. Skin conditions, complications such as inflammatory bowel syndrome and diabetes as well as immune system disorders can also cause abscesses.
How Are Abscesses Treated?
You can resolve some small abscesses with a hot compress and antibiotics. However, most abscesses will need to be properly drained by a trained medical professional. Do not try to drain an abscess at home. The fluid in these pockets can have more bacteria and pathogens in them. If you drain the affected area at home, you could spread the infection to other areas of your body. A trained member of our medical staff can help prevent such complications.
How California Urgent Care Center Can Help
Our trained medical staff can cut into and drain your cyst, boil or abscess. We have the experience to help prevent secondary infections and can properly treat the wound for healing. In cases where the abscess is large, one of our doctors can stuff the wound with sterile gauze to help drainage.
Come see us at our Lodi, Stockton or Manteca locations. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can contact us online or via one of our office numbers.
What is telehealth?Telehealth (also known as Telemedicine) is a doctor’s visit that does not require face-to-face interaction. It occurs 100 percent online. You can use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to conduct a telemedicine appointment. This is a great option for people with busy schedules who do not have time to visit their doctor in person. It is also a great option for people in rural areas who do not have the same access to healthcare as people in large cities. Now, patients can meet with a medical professional from the comfort of their own homes.
When Should I Use Urgent Care Telehealth Services?
Of course, you cannot receive treatment for every medical issue during a telemedicine appointment. Some medical issues require in-person treatment at our urgent care center. However, you could consider taking advantage of urgent care telemedicine if you are experiencing the following health concerns.
- Certain respiratory conditions, including colds and seasonal allergies
- Ear, nose, and throat ailments
- Certain skin rashes or infections
- Joint aches and pains
- Nausea or vomiting
You could also consider taking advantage of urgent care telemedicine under the following circumstances.
- Reviewing your lab or test results
- Following up on a previous medical visit
At California Urgent Care Center, offering telemedicine appointments gives us the opportunity to see you whenever you need us. Book a video appointment with us today to chat with a licensed medical professional.
How Do I Schedule a Telehealth Appointment?To schedule a telehealth appointment, simply click on the ZipPass link on our website homepage. After submitting your information, you will receive a phone call to begin the telehealth appointment registration process. The phone call typically takes place within 15 minutes of you completing the online form.
How Much Does Telemedicine and Urgent Care Cost?The cost of a telemedicine appointment will vary depending on your health insurance coverage. However, a telemedicine appointment at an urgent care center is much cheaper than the cost of visiting a California emergency room. Emergency room costs will differ depending on the particular hospital you visit. Our urgent care center costs are more streamlined and patient-friendly.
Which of Your Locations Offer Telemedicine Appointments?You can schedule a telemedicine appointment at all four of our urgent care center locations. Our telemedicine hours of operation are:
- Lodi – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. seven days a week
- Lorraine – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. seven days a week
- Pershing – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. seven days a week
Why Should I Use Your Telemedicine Urgent Care Services Over Others?
At California Urgent Care Center, we prioritize providing patients with safe and professional medical services. Our professional staff and licensed providers work extremely hard to prevent long wait times. This applies to both in-person consultations and telemedicine appointments.
In most cases, you can receive a telemedicine appointment the same day you request one. This sets us apart from many of our competitors who have limited resources and cannot meet the demands for telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic.
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