An abscess is a hollowed-out space with pus. It is surrounded by irritated tissue and is caused by an infection. The infection is a result of the inhalation of bacteria that is commonly found inside a person’s mouth or throat. People with weak immune systems may develop an abscess of the lung. Fungi or organisms that cause tuberculosis may also result in the formation of a lung abscess. The abscess can also be caused by a serious infection called Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).


Abscesses are most often caused by a bacteria, called Staphylococcus aureus, which normally exists on the skin and inside the nose. It can enter the body through a cut, abrasion, puncture, or even an insect bite.

Other factors can increase the risk of S. aureus infection, including:

  •  A chronic skin condition such as acne or eczema
  •  Diabetes
  •  A weakened immune system
  •  Coming into close contact with an infected person
  •  Poor hygiene


  •  Development of an abscess on the face
  •  Development of multiple abscesses
  •  Worsening or extremely painful abscesses
  •  Abscesses of more than two inches in diameter
  •  Abscesses that persist for more than two weeks
  •  Abscesses that recur

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