Nutrition for abscess

general description

Abscess (from lat. аbscessus – abscess) – inflammation of soft tissues, organs and bones, accompanied by the formation of a purulent cavity (the result of the action of the body’s protective function) and pus inside it.

An abscess is caused by pyogenic microorganisms that enter the human body through damaged tissues of the mucous membranes and skin. Usually this is not one particular pathogen.

Most often, an abscess is formed as a result of the reproduction and vital activity of a number of staphylococci, streptococci and Escherichia coli. Once in the body, they can be transported through the body through the blood vessels from one purulent focus to all organs and tissues. Severe tissue damage is especially possible with reduced immunity.

If treated improperly, pus can enter closed cavities, causing serious diseases such as meningitis, arthritis, pleurisy, peritonitis, pericarditis, sepsis, which can be fatal.

Varieties of abscess

Depending on the duration of the disease, an abscess is sharp and chronic.

Depending on the place of development of the disease, an abscess is:

  • soft tissue abscess (develops in muscles, adipose tissue and in bones with bone tuberculosis);
  • appendicular abscess (acute appendicitis);
  • mastopathy (breast abscess during lactation);
  • deep abscess of the cervical muscles;
  • abscess of the gray matter of the brain;
  • pulmonary abscess;
  • abscess of the pharyngeal space (formed against the background of tonsillitis, inflammation of the lymph nodes or tooth);
  • abscess of tissues and organs of the small pelvis;
  • interintestinal abscess (formed between the abdominal wall and intestinal loops);
  • hepatic abscess;
  • epidural abscess of the spinal cord.


  • The ingress of bacteria through non-sterile medical instruments (syringe, dropper, etc.);
  • The use of highly concentrated drugs for intramuscular injections;
  • Intensive multiplication of bacteria constantly living in the body, against the background of reduced immunity, which, under normal conditions, do not cause any diseases;
  • Ingress of dirt or any foreign body into an open wound;
  • Infection of a cyst in the brain or pancreas;
  • Hematoma infection.


Depending on the location of the abscess and its proximity to various internal organs and nerves, various symptoms may appear. Most often, in the area of ​​skin lesions, there is a cutting pain on palpation, redness and swelling of the skin area, a local increase in temperature, and with a longer course of the disease, a white dot appears on the surface in the center of the focus.

With an internal abscess, there is swelling, internal tissue hardening, and pain in a specific area of ​​the body. Manifestations of weakness, malaise, loss of appetite, fever and headache are also possible. However, for the first signs of an internal abscess to appear, it takes a long time and as a result, the infection can spread throughout the body. This type of abscess can only be diagnosed by conducting a blood test, X-ray, ultrasound, MRI or CT.

Useful foods for abscess

General recommendations

Depending on the type of abscess, a different diet is also prescribed. However, all dishes must be steamed or simmered.

Usually, with an abscess of soft tissues, doctors do not prescribe any specific diet. The only requirement is that it must be complete and balanced. A different matter is with the disease on the internal organs.

So, with an abscess of the lung, a diet with a high content of proteins and vitamins with a total daily calorie value of not more than 3000 kcal is prescribed. This is due to the fact that due to a lack of oxygen in the patient’s body, the work of the gastrointestinal tract and the synthesis of vitamins, especially of groups B and K are disrupted. Therefore, with an abscess of the lung, the diet should contain:

  • chicken or turkey liver;
  • chicken or quail eggs;
  • lean fish;
  • white bran bread;
  • oat flakes;
  • yeast diluted with water in a ratio of 2,5: 1 and cooked in water for 1 hour;
  • milk and dairy products (low-fat cottage cheese, sour cream, cream), due to the high calcium content, help to reduce inflammation;
  • liquids (low-fat broths, uzvars and compotes, but not more than 1,4 liters per day);
  • fresh vegetables (carrots, beets, white cabbage, etc.);
  • fresh seasonal fruits and berries (blueberries, raspberries, apricots, apples, strawberries, plums, etc.) and compotes from them.

With an abscess of the liver and other organs of the gastrointestinal tract, followed by surgery, it is necessary to follow a more strict diet that would not exert stress on the gastrointestinal tract, liver and bile ducts, and would also be rich in vitamins C, A and group B. In the first postoperative days all cooked foods should be mashed and only as the positive dynamics of recovery is allowed to eat boiled vegetables and diced meat.

The diet should contain:

  • cereal soups;
  • beef, chicken or fish puree;
  • soft-boiled chicken eggs;
  • finely grated carrots, apples, boiled beets;
  • fermented milk products (yogurt, kefir 1%);
  • liquids (rosehip uzvar, dried fruit compotes, jelly, juices).

Traditional medicine in the treatment of abscess

An abscess is a rather dangerous disease, which in 98% of cases requires surgical intervention, therefore, the use of traditional medicine recipes in this case is not appropriate. At the slightest manifestation of signs of the disease, especially in the neck, face and head in general, you should immediately consult a surgeon.

Dangerous and harmful foods with abscess

With an abscess, you should limit the use of such foods:

  • salt – retains water in the body, exerting additional stress on the heart and blood vessels, especially during the recovery period;
  • sugar – Excessive glucose in the blood can provoke the growth of bacteria and inhibit the cupping process.

Such foods should be completely excluded from the diet:

  • all types of abscess: alcoholic beverages, coffee – they can cause a relapse of the disease and a significant deterioration in the condition
  • liver and digestive tract abscess: spicy seasonings (mustard, horseradish, wasabi, ketchup, soy sauce)fatty and fried foods, baked goods;

    cabbage, pickles and pickles.


The administration is not responsible for any attempt to use the information provided, and does not guarantee that it will not harm you personally. The materials cannot be used to prescribe treatment and make a diagnosis. Always consult your specialist doctor!

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