A to Z: Abscess, Skinenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgA skin abscess forms when bacteria get under the skin.abscess, boil, carbuncle, furuncle, cutaneous abscess, skin abscess, brain abscess, peritonsillar abscess, infection, white blood cells, immune system, bacteria, tooth abscess05/29/201303/18/201909/02/20193cb037da-3c6c-4c02-816d-7ffe8d9d676ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-abscess-skin.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>An <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abscess.html/">abscess</a> (AB-sess) is a collection of pus that forms as part of the body's response to an infection. A skin abscess forms when bacteria get under the skin.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>A skin abscess happens when the body tries to fight off an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/infections/">infection</a>. The&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a> sends white blood cells, which collect around the infected area and cause a buildup of pus. Skin abscesses are commonly treated by draining the pus from the infected area.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>An abscess usually will not get better until the pus drains out. Sometimes you can help this happen naturally by using warm compresses or soaks and antibiotics. Other times, a doctor drains the pus and might have a sample tested to identify which bacteria caused the infection. After draining the abscess, the doctor might clean the area and cover it with gauze or a bandage. Some abscesses do not require antibiotic treatment after drainage; others are treated with both drainage and antibiotic medication.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Abscess, PeriapicalA periapical abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) that forms at the tip of the root of a tooth.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-abscess-periapical.html/1cf79572-10da-47c9-87f1-2e855455e103
AbscessAn abscess is a sign of an infection, usually on the skin. Find out what to do if your child develops one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abscess.html/f31fd7e9-3f18-41b3-9409-0075181f6ca4
MRSAMRSA is a type of bacteria that the usual antibiotics can't tackle anymore. Simple precautions can help protect your kids from becoming infected.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mrsa.html/45242956-043b-400a-8ac7-cce1891a9c43
ParonychiaParonychia is an infection of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. Most of the time, it's not serious and can be treated at home. Learn what causes it, what to do, and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/paronychia.html/8305936c-a497-45e1-a335-2808e79813f7
Peritonsillar AbscessA peritonsillar abscess is an area of pus-filled tissue at the back of the mouth, next to one of the tonsils. Find out how it happens and what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/peritonsillar-abscess.html/53c0cdfe-b374-4d71-827c-fdd5c5f01133
Wound Drainage CultureDoctors order wound drainage cultures when they suspect wounds are infected.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/wound-culture.html/bbce2001-ae3d-4a2c-bda5-45a15e1ecbf0