Top
40
Doctor insights on: Abscess Under The Skin

Share
1

1
Can cyst be underneath the skin under the arm?

Can cyst be underneath the skin under the arm?

Yes: Hi Jeniffer, Yes, the arm pit is a common place for cysts to develop. Based on your brief description, I am unsure of what type of cyst you may have, however just for your general information. I have included an article about epidermoid and sebaceous cysts, a common type of cyst that we encounter clinically. Hope this helps. http://wb.md/1k6wVL9 ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,540 doctors shared insights

Abscess (Definition)

Painful swollen ...Read more


2

2
Can large under the skin pimples be drained?

Can large under the skin pimples be drained?

Pimple: Whiteheads or cysts under the skin are often treated with extraction , a technique where a dermatologist makes a tiny nick in the skin with a small needle and presses out the sebum with an instrument (comedone extractor). If a cyst is present for a long time it may be surgically removed. See a dermatologist for treatment options based on the size and type of the cyst. ...Read more

3

3
Cellulitis on my face or under the skin pimple?

Cellulitis on my face or under the skin pimple?

Cellulitis is a: a concern and looks nothing like a pimple. I would see doctor preferably dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

4

4
A knot under the skin on the sternum?

A knot under the skin on the sternum?

Not to worry: It may be a cyst, not to worry but you do need to see a doctor to be sure ...Read more

5

5
How deep under the skin is the aorta?

How deep under the skin is the aorta?

In front of spine: This depends on your body size, but it's roughly midway between your front and back. ...Read more

6

6
How deep under the skin is the liver?

Depends: How deep under the skin the liver is depends upon the person and how much of a fat layer they have. The liver lives just under the right ribs so you would need to go up under the ribs or between them to get to the liver. ...Read more

7

7
Would herpes be ontop of the skin or under the skin ?

Herpes: It usually starts as a group oh pimples next to each other that later contain some clear liquid and then get crusted before they clear up. Typical location is mouth or genital area but they can appear elsewhere. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Yes: Do not pick off, clean gently with soap and warm water, or use warm compresses to sooth area, then apply topical bacterial cream/ointment and take oral antibiotic. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
A lot of blackheads on the skin around the vagina. Some swell into cysts which feel large under the skin and the pus smells. What is it?

Examination: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. ...Read more

11

11
Can melanoma appear under the skin and not on top of it?

Melanoma: Melanoma can appear in different internal organs including brain, & eye without any skin involvement. ...Read more

12

12
Is it possible that my pilonidal cyst is just a collection of hair and skin debris causing a solid movable lump under the skin by the tailbone?

Is it possible that my pilonidal cyst is just a collection of hair and skin debris causing a solid movable lump under the skin by the tailbone?

Yes: That is possible, but it should be examined. A chronic infection with intermittent drainage is common, and managing it before it becomes a worse infection is desireable, although not always possible. See a general surgeon for a consultation, and ask if they have experience with pilonidal cyst treatment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

14

14
What is this big pimple under the skin at pubic area?

May: Be an original nidus of bacteria that where engulfed by your immune cells (neutrophils) and a group of cells encapsulated to keep it from spreading. Good idea check with gyn. ...Read more

15

15
There is small fluid formation under the skin on my chin?

There is small fluid formation under the skin on my chin?

Needs examination: Could be cyst, draining abscessed tooth, inflamed lymph node, or many other causes. Please see your Physician for diagnosis. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
How to remove a broken off hair under stuck under the skin on my cheek?

How to remove a broken off hair under stuck under the skin on my cheek?

pluck it: See your medsp[a doctor to discuss laser hair removal and she will also be able to remove the hair for you if it is not easily plucked. ...Read more

17

17
Under the skin I see lumps. Is this bacteria in the blood?

Not likely: Cannot possibly diagnose this without seeing you, but unless you have a serious overwhelming infection this is not likely to be bacteria in your blood. That would more probably produced shaking chills, fever, muscle pains, and severe fatigue and illness. See a doctor and let them look at these and give you an explanation of what they are. ...Read more

18

18
Is neurofibroma moved like lipoma under the skin ?

Yes: Neurofibromas can be removed like lipoma however post- excision a regional loss of sensation and numbness might be noted. This is due to the fact that neurofibroma is a nerve sheath tumor ( benign). ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Joshua Fox Dr. Fox
14 doctors agreed:
19

19
Itchy and painful skin around the mole , not the mole itself..Is it an infection?

Dr. Joshua Fox Dr. Fox
14 doctors agreed:
Itchy and painful skin around the mole , not the mole  itself..Is it an infection?

Itchy mole: If it is itchy around the mole it may represent an allergic contact dermatitis. It can also be a skin infection, which is usually warm, swollen, red, and tender. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
What is lump under the skin in my groin?

Groin lymph nodes: These lumps underneath the skin in your groin region can be most anything. They can be sebaceous cysts to lipomas. It is also common to feel lymph nodes in the groin. Like all lumps they should be followed closely to see if there are going through any changes, especially if associated with weight loss, fevers, etc. If you are worried about it especially if there is changes i would see your doctor. ...Read more

21

21
Abscess lanced/packed week ago. Packing out 2 days. Still open w/ minimal drainage. Have harden area under the skin. Is this normal or do need see dr?

Abscess lanced/packed week ago. Packing out 2 days. Still open w/ minimal drainage. Have harden area under the skin. Is this normal or do need see dr?

Normal: It sounds pretty normal, but you can see a nurse just to check on the wound and /or dressings...
It can take some time for the drained abcess - now a wound- to heal. ...Read more

22

22
I have an abscess in/at my under arm way beneath the skin that yesterday I felt burst under the skin, is this something to worry about?

I have an abscess in/at my under arm way beneath the skin that yesterday I felt burst under the skin, is this something to worry about?

Stilll swollen?: If it is still swollen or hot it amy only be partially open amd need to be drained by physician. You can try hot compresses in interim to promote drainage. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
25

25
Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Yes: Abscesses that were drained a long time ago can leave scar (or fibrous) tissue in the place of the abscess or in the area where it was cut open. This is a normal occurrence, as long as it does not appear infected (not red, swollen, hot or draining). ...Read more

27

27
What is an abscess on the skin and what do I do for it?

See below: An abcess is when bacteria invade deeper into the skin and create a pocket of infection that spreads into nearby tissue enlarging it. Antibiotics will not help. The treatment is having a doctor numb it up and open the top with a scalpel allowing the infectious pus inside drain out and removing any contents inside. This will relieve the abcess. ...Read more

28

28
I have an abscess I have tried everything to get it to come top a head anything else i can try?

Surgical drainage: Presuming that it is a skin abscess, it may be necessary to drain it surgically as it may not be able to rise through the tough, stratified layer of dry skin. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
30

30
How long does it take for a skin abscess to heal?

How long does it take for a skin abscess to heal?

Depends: It depends on the size and depth of the abscess, whether or not there is surrounding cellulitis and on the infection organisms. With the usual small staphylococcus aureus abscess it will usually heal a few days after the pus has fully drained. ...Read more

31

31
Are some people more prone to getting skin abscess?

Yes: Diabetic conditions or immune disorders can increase risks. Some people have unknown reasons with aggressive cystic acne or hidradenitis causing recurrent infections. Some resistant bacteria can be transmitted in families from one person to another. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
33

33
Can an abscess be on another body part aside from the skin?

Can an abscess be on another body part aside from the skin?

Internal abscess: Inside the body. An abscess sometimes forms inside the body within an organ or in a space between organs. Various symptoms may occur, depending on the site of the abscess. An ultrasound scan, or other types of scan, can confirm a suspected abscess. ...Read more

34

34
Frequent skin abscesses all areas of the body where I sit or lie down?

Need evaluation: There are two possibilites you need to be evaluated for. One is infection witha "superbug" called mrsa. Mrsa can cause reccurrent and often serious skin infections. The other is an inherited condition called hidradenitis supprativa which is characterized by recurrent boils, abscesses and scarring on buttoicks, groin and at times breasts and underarms. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

35

35
I started getting skin abscess a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

How large?: It depends how large and how deep the abscess is. If it is large and needs an operation then it will take longer than 1 week. If it is small, one week should take care of it. ...Read more

38

38
Hi I have a skin abscess for a year now. I have it in multiple places. Larger than 1/2 inch is it serious ?

Maybe serious: It sounds like you may be carrying a virulent strain of staph or strep bacteria. Or if the abscesses are limited to certain areas like the groin or armpits, you might have hidradenitis suppurativa, an autoimmune disorder. Either could be serious. Culture tests for staph/strep and perhaps consultation with a dermatologist or infectious diseases specialist may be advisable. See your doctor. ...Read more

40

40
Psychological trauma and skin abscesses, what are these?

Psychological trauma and skin abscesses, what are these?

Not clear: Your question is not clear. Sometimes with psychological trauma you have a tendency to pick at your skin and cause infections. Perhaps you could ask again with more detail ...Read more