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There are certain things that you must know before getting the best treatment for an abscess such as how it is caused, what are the complications if it is left untreated and what can be done to get over it. 

What is Abscess?

An abscess is a buildup of pus inside your body's tissues. An abscess is a painful collection of pus, often caused by bacterial infection. A skin abscess is a walled-off, lumpy accumulation of pus that appears inside the skin, or right beneath it.    

What Causes Abscess?

A skin abscess may be a result of bacterial infection, which occurs when bacteria from Staphylococcus aureus invade a body either through a hair follicle or a wound or injury that has punctured or broken skin. 

  • Bacteria: Abscesses are most commonly caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus, which usually lives on the skin and the inside of your nose. 
  • Bacterial Infections: People may get skin abscesses for many different reasons, but bacterial infections are the most common reason. 
  • Breast Infections: Occasionally, women who are breastfeeding may get an infection in their breasts, which becomes a breast abscess. 
  • Infected Vaginal Opening: A gland directly beneath the skin on the vaginal opening may become infected and become a Bartholins abscess. This injury usually becomes infected from normal stool present in the vaginal region and then becomes abscessed. 


An infected abscess left untreated by the individual may spread into the bloodstream and lymph nodes, causing potentially fatal complications. 

Treatment of Abscess

The only surefire way to treat an abscess is by opening up the pocket and removing pus. Care should be taken not to allow pus and other infectious contents to get into the bloodstream, where they may spread to surrounding tissues, which may cause more abscesses.     

If you attempt to wring out the pus from the abscess on your own, you may spread bacteria easily to other areas of your skin. Our specialists will use a swab of pus to try and figure out which type of bacteria caused most abscesses. 

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