ZocdocAnswersI have mass in the groin. What could it be?

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I have mass in the groin. What could it be?

i have mass in the groin and i dont know if it is lymph node or not and i squeezed it ..it discharged pus outside skin does it lymph node or abscess and i want to know does lymph node discharge pus outside skin

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Thank you for your question regarding the mass in your groin. It is difficult to hypothesize the cause of your mass without a proper physical examination. I encourage you to visit your primary care doctor who can visually inspect the area. That being said, it is possible that you have a localized area of infection, given that you were able to express pus from the mass. Folliculitis can be common in the groin area, due to the many hair follicles in the area and the space being more prone to bacterial growth. Folliculitis is basically an infection or inflammation of one or more hair follicles. If you do have an infected mass, you will want to see your doctor who can provide antibiotics if necessary. Your doctor may also want to take a sample of the pus and culture it. That way, the bacteria responsible for the infection can be identified and an appropriate antibiotic selected. It is possible for lymph nodes to also become infected, which is known as lymphadenitis. Lymphadenitis, however, usually occurs because an infection which started somewhere else has spread to the lymph nodes. Again, antibiotics and/or culturing of the area may be necessary. Therefore, visit your doctor who can help determine the best course of action for you.

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