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Abscesses are pockets of pus formed after the skin has been infected, usually one of the staphylococci bacteria. They can occur in any organ of the body. In order to prevent toxins entering the bloodstream from infection, the body effectively seals off the infected area which then becomes a pus-filled abscess.

What to look for
The area will be swollen and painful and will feel hot to the touch. The abscess may be accompanied by fever, sweating and malaise and there may also be a sensation of extreme discomfort and pressure.

An abscess is usually the result of a puncture wound or injury, but it can also be caused by an infection of a follicle, pore or gland. Some fungal infections can cause abscesses.

When to seek further professional advice
If you have an abscess you can consult your doctor so that he may lance it, and treat it appropriately.

Alternative Treatment

Aromatherapy: Tea Tree with thyme, lindol and ravensara, will be mixed together and dabbed on the affected area.
Naturopathy: Treatment would be based on nutrition and dietetics, especially cleansing programs with fasting. Herbal and homoeopathic alternatives would be appropriate. Hepar sulph. is the homeopathic cure for abscesses.
Western Herbalism: A Western herbalist may offer internal treatment as the main approach, cleansing the body and removing causes of the abscesses. Local poultices or compresses may be used to bring them to a head and discharge the pus.

Traditional Treatment

Some abscesses burst and drain without treatment but a doctor will prescribe antibiotics and may surgically drain the pus. An abscess detected on an internal organ of the body, such as the liver or brain, will need surgical treatment.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17