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can a hard lump form after you drain a boil

A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Boil: Return to your doctor to be checked. It is possible that your original abscees wasnt adequately drained and needs to be drained again.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Boils: When boils come in crops it indicates that the skin at the involved site is colonized by staph bacteria which are becoming invasive. In my experience ... Read More
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Dr. Tony Willson
17 years experience Family Medicine
Time: The firm area is a consolidation of the boil as the body is slowly taking care of it. Don't mess with it as it may cause scarring underneath the skin ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Boil: The firm lump may be residual fibrosis after the infection drained. If this is so, gradual retraction of the tissue occurs for weeks and eventual shri ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Newman
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Talk to surgeon: You need to be checked by the doc that did the drainage. It likely will resolve - after it is emptied, it takes time for the inflammation to easy off. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Keep using warm: compresses several times a day till lump is gone.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Boil: Sounds like it is resolving - this seems to be a normal progression of things. Does not sound like a sexually transmitted disease. However, if you ha ... Read More
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Dr. Philip Miller
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NO: These incisions heal from the inside out and the "lump" may be scar formation. Look for these following red flags: heat, pain, redness, swelling or fe ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
Still infected.: If the boil is hard and still hurts, it has not completely drained. Get checked and see. If small, heat and antibiotics may help. If larger, it may ... Read More
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Yes: It can take a while before softening up, few weeks sometimes. If you feel unwell or have fever otherwise, this might indicate presence of infection s ... Read More
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