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Pus Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Pus. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Where is the pus?

    Why: e.g. what area of the body and how deep under the skin. If pus is on the skin, this suggests acne, folliculitis or boils. If pus is under the skin, this suggests an abscess. Acne vulgaris pimples are common on the face, but the neck, upper chest, upper back and shoulders may also be affected; hidradenitis suppurativa occurs in axilla, on breasts, around the anus and in the groin.

  2. How long has the pus been present?
  3. Age of the person with pus-like lesion?

    Why: e.g. acne vulgaris is virtually universal in adolescence with prevalence peaking between the ages of 14-16 years in females and 16-19 years in males; infantile acne occurs in the first few months of life, mainly on the face and affects mainly boys; hidradenitis suppurativa may occur from puberty to around age 50; abscesses, furuncles and carbuncles tend to occur more frequently in children, adolescents and young adults.

  4. History of foreign body under skin?

    Why: e.g. splinter, glass - An abscess may form as a response to a foreign body.

  5. Risk factors for infectious folliculitis?

    Why: e.g. tropical climate with high temperatures and high relative humidity; shaving hairy regions such as the beard area, axillae or legs; extraction of hair such as plucking or waxing; occlusion of hair bearing areas (such as adhesive plaster and plastic film) facilitates the growth of bacteria.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. conditions that increase the risk of pus-like infections include diabetes mellitus, obesity, hyper Ig E syndrome and chronic granulomatous disease; obesity increases the risk of hidradenitis suppurativa; diabetes mellitus and immunosuppression increase the risk of infectious folliculitis; polycystic ovarian syndrome is associated with acne.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. medications which may aggravate acne include corticosteroids, some oral contraceptive medications, chloralhydrate, iodides, bromides, lithium, phenytoin and quinine; topical corticosteroids may predispose to infectious folliculitis.

  8. Fever?
  9. Symptoms of an abscess?

    Why: e.g. circumscribed collection of pus appearing as an acute or chronic localized infection and associated with destruction of local tissue. Abscesses may arise in any organ or structure.

  10. Symptoms of furuncles and carbuncles?

    Why: e.g. acute deep seated, red, hot, tender abscess that arises from infected hair follicles. Carbuncles are deeper than furuncles.

  11. Symptoms of acne vulgaris (common acne)?

    Why: e.g. red inflamed pus-filled lesions or nodules, usually confined to the face and trunk. Very common in adolescents. Healing by scarring may occur.

  12. Symptoms of folliculitis?

    Why: e.g. pus-filled lesions around hair follicles surrounded by a red halo of inflamed skin. May occur on any hair-bearing skin such as the beard area, scalp, neck, legs and trunk.

  13. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    Why: e.g. persistent acne in the hirsute (excessively hairy) female, irregular periods, usually overweight.

  14. Symptoms of Hidradenitis suppurativa?

    Why: e.g. red inflamed nodules or abscesses which are very tender in axilla, on breasts, around the anus or in the groin.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pus:

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