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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
54 years experience Dermatology
Incision and drainag: Usually if a boil is soft {fluctuant} it needs to be drained by your physician. Boils that are not able to be drained can be treated with antibiotics, ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tinuola Adeyanju
39 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Bodyhygiene/moisture: I hope you do not have like diabetes that have to have controlled. There are bacteria on the body and looks like you have something lowering the immun ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: A boil is serious skin infection that should not be treated by home remedies. Especially with the increased incidence of MRSA infections, you should ... Read More
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Dr. Morris Westfried
46 years experience Dermatology
Compresses, antibiot: Hot compresses can safely open a boil so it naturally drains. However this can depending on location can take several days. Oral antibiotics combined ... Read More
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
37 years experience Dermatology
Boils, infected skin: Boils are "pus under pressure". The best way to treat this is by sterilly draining the boil. The doctor uses an antiseptic and drains the boil by lan ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Can call Dr on video: Call to see if a clinic visit is needed. Most boils are treated with drainage of the pus inside. Antibiotics are sometimes, but not always, used after ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
28 years experience Family Medicine
Probiotics: All of us carry bacteria on every surface of the body, on the skin and in the intestine. The kind of bacteria that cause boils are an overgrowth of ba ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
I&D+antibiotics: Incision and drainage of the abscess by a surgeon combined with appropriate antibiotics based on culture and sensitivity results on the pus would be t ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Taylor
Specializes in Internal Medicine
See a doctor : If it is indeed an abscess he needs antibiotics and possibly to have the abscess drained. Infections in this area that are left untreated can lead to ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not a boil: If you are talking about something in your tongue and calling it a boil, realize that it is not a boil. See a doctor to figure out what it is for trea ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Local heat: Use warm compresses and it will surface more, and may drain itself or need lancing with sterile prep and instruments. Can be from sebaceous cyst and ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
54 years experience Dermatology
Depends on cause: Recurrent underarm "boils" may be related to the carriage of staph bacteria in the skin and should be treated with topical antistaph antibiotics. The ... Read More

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