A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin.
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
Skin abscesses may occur anywhere on the body. They affect people of all ages.