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crmhaske eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several different possible causes for an abscess to form, the most common of which is an inflammatory response to bacterial or parasitical infections.  Less commonly, a foreign object in the body like a splinter can also cause an abscess to form.

Sebaceous abscesses will worm as the result of obstructed oil, sweat gland, inflammation of hair follicles, or minor punctures in the skin.

Essentially what happens is the bodies immune system responds to the infection or foreign object by forming a protective capsule to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading.

In those people with a weaker immune system than average abscesses form more frequently due to a lessened ability of the immune system to fight off infections.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An abscess is a localized collection of pus. They are caused by bacterial infections in the specific area. Theoretically abscess formation can occur anywhere in the body. Common abscess locations are in the oral cavity around the gingival area, under the armpit or axilla and in the groin. They can also occur internally like on the colon or in the rectal vault. Women commonly get cysts and abscess formation in the axillary area because of shaving. The problem originates when an ingrown hair causes a localized area of inflammation and infection.

For abscesses to heal they must be lanced by incision and drainage or I and D. The pus must be evacuated before the tissue will heal. Antibiotic therapy may be necessary.

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