What other symptoms might occur with an abscess?
An abscess may accompany other symptoms, which will vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.
Skin symptoms that may occur along with an abscess
An abscess may accompany other symptoms affecting the skin including:
- Oozing or drainage of a fluid from the skin
- Pain on or around a lump
- Peeling or ulcerating skin
- Redness, warmth or swelling
Other symptoms that may occur along with an abscess
An abscess may accompany symptoms related to other body systems. Such symptoms include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Fatigue or malaise
- Fever, chills or sweating
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite or rapid weight loss
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Sore throat
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, an abscess may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:
What is an abscess?
An abscess is a collection of pus inside your body. Abscesses usually form because of an infection or because a foreign object becomes trapped in your body. When your body fights an infection or tries to destroy a foreign object trapped inside, white blood cells surround the object and the resulting fluid is called pus.... Read more about abscess introduction
What causes an abscess?
An abscess is caused by your immune system responding to some type of infection or foreign object. Bacterial infections are the most common cause of an abscess, especially an abscess of the skin or mouth. Parasites can cause abscess formation in your organs and, though rare, this can be a serious medical condition. A foreign object lodged inside you, such as a bullet, can also cause an abscess.... Read more about abscess causes