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A 19-year-old female asked:

what causes random pus filled bumps on thighs?

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Dr. Tania Dempsey
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Could be: Something called folliculitis, which is inflammation and infection of the hair follicles. The best thing to do is to show your doctor when you get one so that you know how to prevent this in the future.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Does pus normally come out of cancer lumps?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No: Most cancers grow as solid tumors. On occasion, a tumor can grow very rapidly and outgrow it's blood supply. The center of the tumor can then liquify; this typically will contain bloody fluid rather than pus.
CA
A 37-year-old member asked:

What might it mean for pus to be coming out of my bellybutton?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Omphalitis!: Belly button infections are quite rare in adults, unless due to trauma from piercings. This usually responds to oral antibiotics. If it recurs, one should search for an umbilical cord remnant connecting the belly button to the intestine or bladder (this can be seen on cat scan). If present, surgical excision is necessary.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Pus may be infection: Pus is formed when the body is fighting an infection. It may be a sign of a healthy immune system, ergo the term "laudable pus". Pus is full of white blood cells (which fight infection) and microorganisms causing the infection. However, when pus collects in a cavity it forms an abscess. Pus should be drained from wounds to help fight the infection and help the wound to heal normally.
TX
A 18-year-old member asked:

My right underarm are really sticky and a pus like substance is coming out of it and it smells?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Lymph inflammation: These are called hiradinitis supprativa. Flare-ups may be triggered by perspiration, hormonal changes (such as monthly cycles in women), humidity and heat, and clothing friction. Persistent lesions may lead to scarring and the formation of sinus tracts, or tunnels connecting the abscesses or infections under the skin. At this stage, complete healing is usually not possible, and progression varies.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Which is a localized collection of pus, abscess?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Both are the same: The term "abscess" describes a localized collection of pus.

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