What is groin abscess, main symptoms and how to treat

A groin abscess, also known as an inguinal abscess, is an accumulation of pus that develops in the groin, which is located between the thigh and the trunk. This abscess is usually caused by an infection at the site, which may increase in size and become inflamed.

Treatment can be done with antibiotics, abscess drainage or in more severe cases surgery may be recommended.

What symptoms

The most common symptoms that can occur in the groin where the abscess is located are:

  • Pain at the site;
  • Swelling;
  • Redness;
  • Presence of pus;
  • Non-local heat;
  • Touch sensitivity.

In addition, some people may experience a fever due to the infection that is developing. 

This abscess should not be confused with an inguinal hernia, which is a lump that also appears in the groin area, but which is due to the exit of a part of the intestine through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. See more about inguinal hernia and how to treat it .

Possible causes

Abscess in the groin is usually the result of folliculitis, which is inflammation of the hair root, which can be caused by a bacterium, which will stimulate the immune system to fight infection, thus causing the formation of pus. 

In addition, obstruction of a sebaceous gland or a wound in the groin area can also cause an infection and develop with an abscess in the area.

How the treatment is done

The abscess can disappear spontaneously, however, if this does not happen, it may be necessary to drain the abscess by making a cut in the area, removing the pus and if necessary placing a drain, in order to prevent the abscess from appearing again.

The doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to cure the infection and painkillers and anti-inflammatories to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Homemade medicine

One of the homemade options to treat the abscess is to compress it with warm water and clean the area with mild soap.

Another homemade option to treat an abscess is to clean the area with clean water and mild soap and apply an aloe sap compress because it is a great natural healer. See more home remedies that can help treat a groin abscess.

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