Skin abscess, also known as boils, is a localized infection of the skin that starts as a hard, reddened area. Over time, the affected area becomes larger in size because it is filled with infection-fighting white blood cells that your immune system sends via the bloodstream to fight localized infection deep in the skin. This collection of bacteria, proteins and white blood cells is known as puss.
The centre of the abscess softens and pus forms a head, which is spontaneously drained out through the head of the boil. Skin abscess mostly occurs after a minor injury, folliculitis or bacterial infection. Symptoms include induration (hardening of skin), swelling, domed nodule, skin lesion, closed sore, redness, and warm affected area. In some cases, one might experience chills or fever.
Treatment includes a combination of oral antibiotics and moist heat treatment to control the infection and speed healing. Make sure that you do not squeeze on the boil; otherwise it may lead to “seeding” of infection (spread of infection to other locations).
In order to maintain the health of your skin, make sure that you use a dietary supplement which helps promote healthy skin. BioCare DermaGuard Complex Skin Health Complex contains antioxidants such as vitaflavan, lycopene, vitamins A, B6 and folic acid, zinc with dandelion, burdock, sarsaparilla and nettle in its formulation. Not only does this supplement help maintain cell growth and healthy skin, but it also enhances body’s toxin natural elimination processes and maintains healthy blood and lymph. Moreover, it also helps maintain the integrity of the microcirculation.