Some common symptoms of abscess are:
- Swollen pus-filled lump.
- High fever.
- Pain in the affected area.
- Feels warm and tender when touched.
An abscess is caused as a result of the body’s defense to kill bacteria that enter the skin through minor breaks and punctures, or through inflammation of hair follicles or obstruction of oil glands on the skin. As a response, the body’s immune system tries to kill these germs with an inflammation. Patients suffering from the below mentioned issues may be more prone to more severe abscesses:
For large and stubborn abscesses, the doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to help clear the infection and prevent it from spreading.
Mostly the doctors use open and drain treatment for curing an abscess because antibiotics are not effective all the time. It is necessary to remove any foreign material present in an abscess. For this, incision and drainage is used. In this process, contents are discharged through the respiratory tract. For internal abscess, the doctor uses a needle inserted through the skin which is called percutaneous abscess drainage. It is done under local anesthesia.
In severe cases, surgery may be required. The type of surgery will depend on the location of the abscess in the body.
You should contact a doctor, in case of a fever more than 101.5 F, when you have red or pink streak away from the abscess, when the abscess is near the rectal or groin area, or when the sore continues to enlarge.