Location of abscesses
An abscess may be on the surface or on an organ inside the body. The
most dangerous abscess are those that cannot be seen. They can
form where a break in the skin becomes infected, resulting in boils or
carbuncles. Carbuncles are large skin abscess with several openings.
Abscess often develop in bone below an infected tooth or below a
fingernail. Visible or not, it can be painful to the touch, cause an
unexplained headache and feel hot. Below a tooth an abscess may result
in continuous or throbbing pain. The infection that causes the abscess
often produces swelling of lymph nodes; it may also result in fever and
a sick feeling. All cuts, however small, should be cleaned with soap and water. Any
lingering boil, large abscess, or painful swelling needs the attention
of a physician.
To find your herbal remedies for abscess click here Causes
When the immune system fights a local infection, the area swells with
dead cells; abscesses chemicals from immune cells dissolve dead cells
into a thick fluid called pus. The result is an abscess. The abscess is
often painful to the touch or sore and aching, and it may be part of an
infection that can spread to the other parts of the body. But some
abscesses are hidden, making themselves known only through fever or
Among various other organisms the most common bacterial organism
responsible for the development of skin abscesses is Staphylococcus
An inflammatory reaction to an infectious bacteria or parasite.
A foreign substance (e.g. needle or a splinter ) within the body.
May develop because of obstructed oil (sebaceous) or sweat glands.
May develop after a surgical procedure.
Inflammation of hair follicles.
Maintain good personal hygiene by washing the skin with soap and water regularly.
Avoid cutting yourself when shaving your underarms or pubic area.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet filled with fresh fruit and vegetables to boost your immune system.
Drink lots of water to flush out toxins in the body.
Shower instead of taking baths - baths are a breeding ground for bacteria.
Increase your intake of vitamins and antioxidants to help fight the bacteria that causes abscesses.
Seek medical attention for any puncture wounds.
SEEK MEDICAL HELP IF...
If any of the following occur with an abscess seek medical help:
If you have a chronic desease.
If you are on steroids.
If your sore is 1cm or above and continues to enlarge.
If the sore is near the rectal or groin area.
if you have a fever above 38.6 Celcius.
Facial abscess larger than 1 cm.
If you are doing chemotherapy or dialysis.
Herbal Relief -home remedy for abscess
For an abscess that is small, less than 1 cm, simply apply warm
compresses to the affected area 4 times daily for about 30 minutes.
Agrimonia eupatoria (Agrimony) and Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)
both contain natural astringent properties that helps to promote the
healing process of cellular tissue.
Calendula Officinalis (Marigold), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) and
Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) have powerful healing qualities to
help reduce scar formation by stimulating healthy skin and tissue
In addition, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) and Aloe Ferox (Aloe)
maintains a healthy blood supply to the affected area and strengthens
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