A skin abscess, also known as a boil or furuncle, is a localized collection of pus that develops in the skin due to a bacterial infection. It typically appears as a painful, red, and swollen lump on the surface of the skin, and can be accompanied by fever and other symptoms.
Skin abscesses are usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which can enter the skin through small cuts, scratches, or insect bites. Other risk factors for developing a skin abscess include weakened immune system, poor hygiene, and diabetes.
Treatment for a skin abscess typically involves draining the pus and administering antibiotics to clear the infection. In some cases, a doctor may need to make a small incision in the abscess to drain it completely. Pain relievers and warm compresses may also be recommended to alleviate symptoms and promote healing.
It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a skin abscess, as untreated abscesses can lead to serious complications such as spread of infection, scarring, or even sepsis.