A Skin Abscess is a bump that appears within or below the skin's surface. This bump is usually full of pus or translucent fluid. It's typically due to a bacterial infection. Abscesses may be caused by injecting drugs and impurities into the body, mainly heroin.

An abscess from heroin refers to a collection of fluid or pus that’s built up in the tissue of the person. With an abscess from heroin, the redness usually goes beyond the swelled area. Some of the complications of a heroin abscess can include the infection spreading, and gangrene. Gangrene, or tissue death, can be fatal if left untreated.

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