Skin abscess

  • Definition

    A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin.

    Alternative Names

    Abscess - skin; Cutaneous abscess; Subcutaneous abscess

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Skin abscesses are fairly common. They occur when an infection causes pus and infected material to collect in the skin.

    Skin abscesses may occur after:

    • A bacterial infection (often staphylococcus)
    • A minor wound or injury
    • Boils
    • Folliculitis

    Skin abscesses may occur anywhere on the body. They affect people of all ages.