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Describe the features of a boil

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Boil on skin: A boil is a deeper seated skin infection - an abcess cavity which can be quite large and painful. It is more common in younger people. Most boils ca ... Read More

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Can't provide: any reassurance about what your lesion is without properly examining it and obtaining a medical history.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Infected skin tissue: Infxn under skin. Needs opened, drained and antibiotics for a few days.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ken Starnes
8 years experience General Practice
Don't: You risk infection by lancing a boil yourself. Have it treated by a medical processional.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Pressure & erosion: Likely a combination of processes. An infection or inflammed area exudes chemical messengers that draw white blood cells in to do battle, so fluid bui ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shala Fardin
17 years experience Dermatology
Infection: Usually the term "boil" refers to a skin infection, such as an abscess, where pus and fluid forms in the skin causing a red, raised, sore, often with ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
If its at a head you: could pop it, but not if is still developing. Using hot compresses to it will bring it to a head(4-5x//day)
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Painful: A boil is red swollen snd painful.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harry Greenberg
26 years experience Dermatology
Get evaluated: You may need antibiotics or for the boil to be incised and drained. Good luck!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Boil? Abscess?: You might need an incision and drainage to stop the pain.

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