I have a problem abscess. I'm not sure exactly how long the area has been a problem, maybe 5 years or so. The first time it swelled about the size of a golfball before it burst. It was ok after that, it would just drain on and off. Last month it started swelling up again and I went to see the doctor. They made an incision (ouch) and drained it (very ouch) then flushed it (ouch again) and finally stuffed it. It was very un-fun but I was optimistic that this was going to be the end of it. It healed up nicely and was painless up until a few days ago. It's coming back again and I want to go to my doctor's office armed with information. Have any of you successfully dealt with an abscess through medication or otherwise?