An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Most skin abscesses are caused by bacteria getting into a minor wound, the root of a hair or a blocked oil or sweat gland. Signs of a skin abscess can include: • a smooth swelling under your skin that can feel hard or firm • pain and tenderness in the affected area • warmth and redness in the affected area • a visible build-up of white or yellow pus under the skin in the affected area • a high temperature (fever) • chills A small skin abscess may drain naturally, or simply shrink, dry up and disappear without any treatment.   screen-shot-2016-07-20-at-9-31-57-am     Dr. Carlo Oller Board Certified Emergency Physician www.DrER.tv  

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