Abscess: An infected, inflamed area in the body where pus collects. ...Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH)1 ...

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Symptoms of Abscess

Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. ...Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)2 ...

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Causes of Abscess

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. ...Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)3 ...

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Causes List for Abscess

Some possible causes of Abscess or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Abscess

You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue ...5

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Diagnosis of Abscess

Diagnosis: See your GP if you think you may have an abscess. There are several tests used to diagnose an abscess, depending on where it's located. Skin abscesses If you have a skin abscess, your GP will first examine the ...6

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Risk Factors for Abscess

Increased risk: In addition to the specific causes mentioned above, things that increase the likelihood of an abscess developing can include:

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Treatments: Abscess

Abscesses. Doctors prescribe antibiotics and drain abscesses. A doctor may drain an abscess with a needle inserted through your skin or with surgery. ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)7 ...

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Prevention of Abscess

Preventing a skin abscess Most skin abscesses are caused by bacteria getting into a minor wound, the root of a hair or a blocked oil or sweat gland. Ensuring that your skin is clean, healthy and largely free of bacteria ...8

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  1. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): rarediseasesnetwork.org/ cms/ bvmc/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  2. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ abscess.html
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ abscess.html
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ abscess/ diagnosis/ 
  7. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ crohns-disease/ all-content
  8. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Abscess/ 

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