What Are MIIPs? / Infection, Pus Pocket, Abscess
What is an abscess?
An abscess is a pocket of infected fluid or pus inside the body. Abscesses can cause pain and fever. Abscesses close to the skin cause redness and swelling that you can see. Abscesses deep in the body can be seen with medical imaging.
An abscess usually has a wall around it. Your body makes this wall to contain the infection. The tradeoff is that the wall also makes it hard for your immune system to attack the infection. Medical drainage of the abscess can help them heal.
How did I get an abscess?
Abscesses can develop from an infection after injury, inflammation, or surgery. They are usually caused by bacteria. Parasites rarely cause abscesses in the developed world.
How is an abscess treated?
Abscesses are treated by draining the pus inside. Options depend on where the abscess is:
Sometimes an abscess can form an abnormal connection to another body organ, such as the intestine. When this happens, it may take longer for the abscess to heal with the help of the drainage tube or you may need further treatment or surgery.
When can my abscess drain be removed?
The abscess drainage tube can be removed once the infection is cleared and any abnormal connections have resolved. Your doctors will usually remove the tube if:
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