Pus is a viscous liquid yellowish-greenish resulting from a state of inflammation. It is made ​​from white blood cells in the process of decomposition, serum, bacteria (living and dead), products of disintegration of tissues and other waste products used in the process of defending the body against infection.

The underlying cause of the formation of pus is usually attributabled to infections caused by specific germs called pyogenic, precisely for their capacity to give life to purulent infections, such as streptococci, staphylococci, meningococci and gonococci.

The pus may collect inside a cavity, giving rise to an abscess. The specific characteristics of the pus depend on the nature of the infecting agent.


What kind of diseases can be associated with formation of pus?

The following diseases may be associated with the formation of pus:

  • Acne
  • Perianal abscess
  • Dacryocystitis
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Folliculitis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Impetigo
  • Whitlow
  • Sialadenitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Corneal ulcer

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for the formation of pus?

Because the diseases that are associated with the formation of pus are many and different, to enable a development of a treatment aimed at the resolution of the condition it is important to understand what is the base cause for the formation. It is therefore advisable to consult your doctor, who will advise on what to do. It is always better to avoid "do it yourself" in case of pus, no matter what is the root cause.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of formation of pus?

In case of earlier diagnosed diseases (see list of associated diseases).