An abscess is a collection of pus and debris that forms a painful, red lump. Some of the most common locations that abscesses appear are on the skin, in armpits, the anus, vagina, spine, tooth, or groin. Some abscesses are formed by an area of inflammation around a hair follicle -- these are called boils. Though antibiotics may be given, they do not cure an abscess. The normal treatment is an incision and drainage. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how an abscess is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
An Overview of Dental Abscesses
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of a dental abscess, an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat that begins as a tooth infection or cavity.
Anal Abscess: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
WebMD explains what an anal abscess is, what causes it, how to treat it, and more.
Learn more from WebMD about different types of abscesses, including their symptoms and treatment.
Abscessed Tooth: What Are the Signs?
Severe tooth pain, swollen gums, or pain when you chew could be signs of an abscessed tooth. Learn what causes it, how to treat it, and common ways to prevent it.