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A 19-year-old female asked:

i have a painful, hard lump in my butt. what is it? you can't see it on the surface and the area is a bit red, hasn't grown in size, hurts to touch.

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Abscess: This sounds like an abscess. Bacteria get into clogged sebaceous glands or into the subcutaneous tissue and cause a pocket of pus to form. These pockets of pus usually need to be drained in order to heal. I would recommend having a physician examine the lesion, and advise you on treatment.

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Last updated Oct 10, 2014

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