What Is An Abscess?

A skin abscess, which is often called a boil, is a bump that forms when pus collects within the tissue of the body. An abscess can show up on any place of the body, and for the most part is harmless. Common areas include your armpit, base of your spine, groin, anus or a tooth. An Abscess can be painful and warm to the touch. People who have weaker immune systems tend to get these more often than others.

What causes abscesses?

Skin abscesses are caused by the inflammatory response to an infectious process, usually bacteria entering the skin. This can happen as the result of the obstruction of sweat or oil glands, an inflamed hair follicle, or a minor puncture of the skin. The inflammatory response triggers the formation of a cavity to contain the infection and prevent it from traveling to other parts of the body. The interior of the abscess then liquefies causing pus and localized swelling to develop. This combination of pressure and inflammation causes pain.

How are abscesses treated?

Unlike many infections, abscesses typically cannot be treated by antibiotics alone. Frequently, they must be treated through a process called “incision and drainage” (I&D) by a medical professional. Most abscesses will continue to get worse if left untreated, so it’s important to see a medical professional as early as possible.

To inquire about having an abscess drained and removed visit one of the five Midwest Express Clinic locations.

We are conveniently located in Blue Island, IL.; Willowbrook, IL.; Schererville, IN.; Munster, IN; & Hammond, IN. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; no appointment is necessary.

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