An abscess is a lump that is filled with pus. It differs from a cyst, which is full of fluid. An abscess usually results from infection. Almost any area can have an abscess, but some examples include: breast abscess (from mastitis), liver abscess, lung abscess, parotid abscess, and many other ...

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

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Causes of Abscess

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. ...Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)2 ...

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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 ...3

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Causes List for Abscess

Possible causes of Abscess (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Similar Symptoms

Is it an abscess? Skin abscess? Or a cyst? Tumor? Any type of lump that appears to be an abscess may be a different type of lump. Could it be any of these?

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There are many types of abscess, depending on the location of infection. Some types where the abscess is somewhat externally accessible include:

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Clinical Features 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)5 ...

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Treatments for 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)6 ...

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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 ...7

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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. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ abscess/ diagnosis/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ abscess.html
  6. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ crohns-disease/ all-content
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Abscess/ 

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