Skin Abscess Symptoms and Signs
The symptoms of a skin abscess vary depending on the location of the abscess, but in general, individuals will experience the following:
- Most often, an abscess becomes a painful, compressible mass that is red, warm to the touch, and tender.
- As an abscess progresses, it may "point" and come to a head. Pustular drainage and spontaneous rupture may occur.
- Most abscesses will continue to get worse without care and proper incision and drainage. The infection can potentially spread to deeper tissues and even into the bloodstream.
- If the infection spreads, fever, nausea, vomiting, increasing pain, and increasing skin redness may develop.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014
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