An abscess is a pocket of infection that contains pus. A
membrane much like a thick-walled balloon filled with water
surrounds these infected areas. Abscesses may be small or
large, single or multiple. An abscess in the skin feels hot,
looks red and swollen, and is painful when touched. Abscesses
often result from puncture wounds, such as scratches and bites.
The surface of the skin heals quickly, while "germs" have been
deposited beneath the skin by the nail or tooth. These "germs"
may result in an infection called an abscess.
Abscesses often require both surgical and medical treatment. The
treatment will depend on such things as the location, size, and the
stage of development of the abscess. In the after care of these wounds,
it is very important that you follow our instructions carefully to
insure proper healing.