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An abscess is a collection of pus, usually bacterial related and can be found anywhere in the body.

Presentation

It usually is a smooth swelling which tends to be tender, warm, red, and have a central point.

You could develop a fever or feel unwell when you have an abscess. You could feel unwell when you have an abscess with a possible high temperature and chills.

Self-help tips

People tend to have a break in their skin like a cut to develop an abscess hence ensuring your skin is clean helps prevent it.

Reduce bacterial spreading by washing your hands regularly, using separate clothes and towels, avoiding the urge to squeeze the abscess. Dispose of any wipes or tissues used when you clean the pus would also help.

Furthermore, eating healthy, avoiding smoking, and reducing alcohol does help.

Other types of abscesses

Bartholin's abscess - a build-up of pus inside one of the Bartholin's glands, which are found on each side of the opening of the vagina.

a dental abscess - a build-up of pus under a tooth or in the supporting gum and bone

a quinsy (peritonsillar abscess) - a build-up of pus between one of your tonsils and the wall of your throat

a pilonidal abscess - a build-up of pus in the skin of the cleft of the buttocks

Treatment

It could self-resolve, shrink and get better on its own. Antibiotics could be needed to help.

Lastly you could need to have an incision and drainage.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

If it persists and does not resolve on its own, you might need antibiotics or even need a small surgical drainage.