Abscesses are contained collections of infection. The commonest sites for skin abscesses in my practice are infected skin cysts or hair follicles, pilonidal
abscesses (usually in the skin of the lower back between the buttocks) and around the back passage (peri-anal abscesses) Each is caused by different
disease processes but all are treated initially along similar principles:
1) Treat the infection – this may involve antibiotics but if this hasn’t worked or the abscess is too large then this will involve an operation to open the
abscess cavity and leave it open to drain
2) Treat the underlying cause if needed – often draining the abscess is sufficient to get rid of the underlying cause but sometimes further treatment is
needed once the abscess cavity has healed.