Why is My Abscess Purple and Black?

Why is My Abscess Purple and Black?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Nopporn Apiwattanakul and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


Why does my abscess appear purple and black, resembling a bruise?



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Abscesses can sometimes appear purple and black due to the pooling of blood within the affected area, resembling a bruise. This discoloration is often a sign of inflammation and localized tissue damage. It's essential to seek medical attention promptly to properly diagnose and treat the abscess to prevent further complications.




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