To be perfectly clear, unlike pimple popping and blackhead extraction, abscess popping should never be done at home. In fact, the term, "abscess popping" isn't medically correct at all. Abscesses generally have to be drained, as dictated in the headline, and trust us, it's as disgusting (and painful) as you'd imagine. For those of you who aren't too keen on the ins and outs of nasty dermatology, an abscess is defined as, "a confined pocket of pus that collects in tissues, organs, or spaces inside the body."
As you'll see in the video below, these pockets can reach the size of a grapefruit, sometimes larger. If infected, they can be incredibly painful and surgical attention is almost always a must. Needless to say, an abscess of this size isn't just going to go away on its own. Thankfully, this man was able to get the proper medical attention. The results, however, well, they're pretty freakin' gnarly. Beware, guys, if you've just eaten, perhaps revisit this video at a later time.
If you're still with us, congratulations! We know that wasn't easy to watch. There's just something especially fascinating about these videos that we can't seem to ignore. That said, we do want to teach y'all a thing or two in the process. If you're experiencing something similar to what you saw in the video, you're not alone. Abscesses of this nature effect nearly 200,000 people per year. If you're lucky, it can be treated with antibiotics, but you have to act quickly.
If you noticed any strange lumps or bumps on your body, head to the doctor ASAP, guys. You don't want to end up an internet sensation — at least not for having pus drained from your face.
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