|An abscess is described as a tender sore or lump that can be pressed on easily. It has a middle area filled with pus and debris. It is surrounded by a colored area that ranges from pink to deep red and becomes swollen. This area is usually painful and warm to the touch. Abscesses may appear on any area of the body and predominantly surfaces in the armpits, at the base of the spine, around a tooth, in the groin or around the vaginal and anus areas.
If a hair follicle becomes inflamed, this may also lead to an abscess being formed, commonly known as a boil. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to serious complications by spreading to the tissues under the skin, into the bloodstream and a fever may even develop.