Much of the bacteria in pus is still alive and able to reproduce. Therefore pus must either be removed by the body's scavenger cells (i.e., macrophages), absorbed into the blood stream, or drained to the outside of the body.
A collection of pus inside the body is called an abscess. An abscess that forms under the skin may cause a boil. Several boils connected by tunnels under the skin is called a carbuncle.
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