Diagnosis Code L02.9
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