Abscess is the collection of the pus as a result of bacterial infection. Though it can happen to anyone, diabetics are prone for abscesses because of their weakened immunity and high sugar which is a good medium for bacteria to grow.
Bacterial infection is the most common cause of abscess.
Redness, heat, swelling, pain and loss of function are the common symptoms.
- Skin abscess ( cutaneous or subcutaneous abscesses )
- Internal abscess
The standard treatment for abscess is Incision and drainage where the pus is to be evacuated before it leads to spread and septicemia.
Incision and drainage is a procedure where with all the aseptic precaution, the abscess is drained by making an incision over the skin. Anesthesia is required in most cases.
A course of antibiotics may be advised after a successful drainage. Repeated packing of the cavity may be necessary.