Footage of a doctor draining a woman's infected abscess is going viral (video below).
The disturbing video was shared on YouTube. It shows Dr. Michael Lewis draining a patient's abscess, which was located on her armpit, the Daily Mail reported.
As the doctor guides his scalpel into the woman's armpit, red fluid is seen gushing out of the large abscess.
"It doesn't smell very good," the doctor is heard saying.
Dr. Lewis makes another incision in the infected area where an even thicker, reddish-brown pus oozes out.
"Fat abscess!" he exclaims.
The woman appears to be in pain as she starts to wince and bang on the table. The doctor injects more anesthesia and insists that all the pus.
Toward the end of the clip, Dr. Lewis is heard saying there is a lot of infected tissue, but all of the pus was removed. He revealed that he did not feel queasy at any point during the procedure.
"I have always enjoyed performing procedures -- it is one of my favorite things to do," the doctor told the Daily Mail. "I perform multiple procedures weekly from simple things like cleaning out ear wax and joint injections to removal of masses on the skin.
"Nothing bothers me too much as far as procedures go; however if the smell is bad, it can be really tough."
Several social media users commented on the video. Some recalled their own personal experiences with skin abscesses, while others simply wished for a speedy recovery for the patient.
"I've had one this big and let me tell you, it's an experience," wrote one user. "So seeing this doesn't so much gross me out but it does make me go wow."
"I had those when i lived on poverty and slept on a [mattress] i picked up in the street, [it] HURT so bad, i couldn't even put my arm down, these were feverish and huge," added another.
"That is painful," another commenter wrote. "Hope you are better!"
Skin abscesses usually occur when bacteria gets into a wound or enters the root of a hair or a blocked oil or sweat gland. Such infections can be avoided by washing your hands regularly, using your own towel, and bathing alone.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, losing weight and not smoking can also help reduce the risk of skin abscesses, according to American Web Media.
Squeezing the pus out yourself is highly discouraged as it could spread the bacteria to other areas of your skin.
Warning: This video contains graphic content.