Cutaneous abscess

Cutaneous abscess:
‘Furuncles’, ‘boils’. Localised accumulation of purulent material – deep. Most commonly due to Staph. aureus. Lesion is tender/painful, deep seated and red – may or may not be firm.
In severe cases, progress to carbuncles or cellulitis. May have systemic symptoms.
Management – culture  antibiotics; opened and drained

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