A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin. ou can develop an abscess anywhere on your body. Common sites include the armpit, rectum, vaginal lips, face, and area around the tonsils in the throat. Nursing mothers sometimes develop an abscess on the breast.
Others, such as those of acne, are caused by plugged sweat glands that become infected. Skin abscesses may follow a bacterial infection, commonly an infection with bacteria called staphylococcus. The infection causes the immune system to activate white blood cells and chemicals to fight the bacteria. In this 'battle' some tissue dies. A cavity forms and fills with pus. The cavity becomes bigger if the infection continues.
Common symptoms that are seen are-
- Skin may red in color and drain fluid
- Warm affected area
- High fever
- Swelling around the affected area.
The goal of treatment is to cure with the infection. The doctor may cut and drain the abscess to clean the area and control the infection. Antibiotics such as dicloxacillin are given to control the infection. Surgical incision and drainage of the abscess, with or without packing for 24 to 48 hours, cleans the area and allows infection to be controlled.
After surgical drainage, antibiotics are usually used to control the infection. Warm compresses and elevation of the limb may be beneficial for skin abscess.
Needle aspiration involves slowly putting a needle into the abscess and withdrawing the pus into a syringe.
Fever medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be given by mouth or in your rectum to lower your temperature. Pain medicine may be given as a shot or by mouth. If the pain does not subside or comes back, call your doctor.
If necessary we also use herbal remedy kit, it happens often for the treatment of skin conditions, consisting of two different herbal formulae typically one for oral administration and another for external use.
Antibiotics are often used to eliminate the accompanying bacterial infection. Especially if there is an infection of the surrounding skin, the doctor often prescribes antibiotics. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, antifungal drugs to treat fungi, and antiamebic drugs to treat amebiasis.