Why does pus arise


A sheep with part of the skin shaved off: You can see at least three lumps with pus under them.

Pus is a liquid. It sometimes arises from inflammation in the body of vertebrates, including humans. The pus is yellowish or white, sometimes thick, sometimes thinner.

When bacteria attack the skin or gums, the area becomes inflamed. The bacteria get into the skin through a wound, for example. There are different names for it, depending on where the job is and what it looks like. A boil, for example, occurs on inflamed hair roots. An abscess is a place where a lot of pus has built up. The body has made a capsule around it to protect itself. Pustules are blisters that are filled with pus.

The body fights the bacteria and it forms pus in the process. The pus contains bacteria and the remains of certain immune cells in the body, the leukocytes. It is good when the body can remove the pus itself. Then the spot will go back to normal. If you make sure that a wound is cleaned well and stays clean, there is also less pus.

However, pus patches can also grow as the inflammation continues. A lot of pus is painful. It is particularly dangerous when bacteria get into the blood from a wound. Blood poisoning can result in death. Sometimes the doctor gives the patient antibiotics in such a case.

How do you get rid of a pus?

A purulent eye. The redness of the eye indicates inflammation.

Small pus can be fought with an ointment. It helps the body to heal itself. Otherwise you have to go to the doctor. She knows how to do it without bacteria getting any further into the body. Pus patches on the head are particularly dangerous because bacteria can quickly reach the brain. Meningitis can occur.

Doctors already knew earlier that pus should drain away. To do this, the doctor opens the area with a sharp knife. For example, she uses a tube to ensure that the pus drains off properly. Rinsing will help get rid of the pus entirely. Attention is paid to hygiene, i.e. a special form of cleanliness. That is why you shouldn't scratch abscesses or other pus patches yourself.