An abscess is when pus collects under the skin. It usually forms a red or pink area that can be painful to the touch. Abscesses are common on any surface of the body. Some of the most common areas that abscesses are found on the body are:

  •     Face
  •     Armpit
  •     Groin
  •     Base of spine
  •     Teeth
  •     Anywhere there is a hair follicle


An abscess is visibly identifiable by a pink or red swollen area. Often a head can form at the center of the swollen area. This head is usually full of pus. Pus is a collection of dead white blood cells, debris, and bacteria. The area around an abscess is usually sore and tender. A physician can easily diagnose an abscess by sight and touch.


A warm compress can be applied to an abscess to help aid the healing process. This should be done for about 30 minutes four times a day. If a warm compress does not help or the abscess continues to grow then it may need to be drained. This should be done by a medical professional in a sterile environment.


An abscess can be caused by inflammation of a hair follicle. There are a number of other factors than can encourage an abscess to form.

  •     Weak immune system
  •     Dirty environment
  •     Allergies, including food allergies
  •     Skin infection
  •     Poor hygiene
  •     Poor circulation

The physicians and nurses at Urgent Specialist are equipped to diagnose and treat abscesses. If you suspect a growth on your skin is an abscess, and it does not respond to home remedies, please come by to be diagnosed.


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