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An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection.
Symptoms of an abscess
The symptoms of an abscess depend on where it develops in your body.
Causes of an abscess
Most abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection. However, they can very occasionally develop due to an infection by viruses, fungi or parasites.
Diagnosing an abscess
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.
Treating an abscess
Abscesses can be treated in a number of different ways, depending on the type of abscess and how large it is.
Preventing an abscess
It's difficult to prevent internal abscesses, as they are often complications of other conditions, but you may be able to reduce your risk of skin abscesses with skin care and a healthy lifestyle.