Diagnosis Code L02.6
Information for Patients
An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.
Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.
- Abscess scan - radioactive
- Amebic liver abscess
- Anorectal abscess
- Bartholin cyst or abscess
- Brain abscess
- Epidural abscess
- Intra-abdominal abscess
- Pancreatic abscess
- Perirenal abscess
- Peritonsillar abscess
- Pilonidal cyst resection
- Pyogenic liver abscess
- Retropharyngeal abscess
- Skin abscess
- Subareolar abscess
- Tooth abscess
Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them. Some common types of skin infections are
- Bacterial: Cellulitis and impetigo. Staphylococcal infections can also affect the skin.
- Viral: Shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
- Fungal: Athlete's foot and yeast infections
- Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies
Treatment of skin infections depends on the cause.
- Candida infection of the skin
- Donovanosis (granuloma inguinale)
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Necrotizing soft tissue infection
Also called: Staph
Staph is short for Staphylococcus, a type of bacteria. There are over 30 types, but Staphylococcus aureus causes most staph infections (pronounced "staff infections"), including
- Skin infections
- Food poisoning
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Blood poisoning (bacteremia)
Skin infections are the most common. They can look like pimples or boils. They may be red, swollen and painful, and sometimes have pus or other drainage. They can turn into impetigo, which turns into a crust on the skin, or cellulitis, a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot.
Anyone can get a staph skin infection. You are more likely to get one if you have a cut or scratch, or have contact with a person or surface that has staph bacteria. The best way to prevent staph is to keep hands and wounds clean. Most staph skin infections are easily treated with antibiotics or by draining the infection. Some staph bacteria such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are resistant to certain antibiotics, making infections harder to treat.
- Scalded skin syndrome
- Staph infections -- self-care at home
- Toxic shock syndrome