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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
A few possibilities: A doctor should evaluate recurrent abscesses, and culture them to find out what the causative bacteria is, and what antibiotics the bacteria is resist ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Infection: Furuncle is the result of infection of hair follicle and abscess formation. Staphylococcal infection is the usual cause. Predisposing factors includ ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Drain: A furuncle is a boil, a purulent inflammation of a hair follicle. These usually pop, aided by a warm compress. If it does not do that in a couple of ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Probably none: Furuncles typically require incision and drainage. By the time a pocket of pus has formed, antibiotics aren't usually effective. Warm soaks are a goo ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
General surgeon: Seek the care of above.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alysia Townsend
19 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Bartholin abscess is usually incised and drained at first diagnosis. Recurrence in less than 6 months usually leads to marsupialization procedure. N ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bark
48 years experience in Dermatology
Boil: The actual procedure of lancing a boil can cause some pain and is often treated with an anesthetic prior to lancing the boil.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience in Family Medicine
Needs a question: Unfortunately there is not a real question here. Cysts are growths that occur below the skin which are fluid filled sacs. Particularly in people ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Many possibilities.: Common causes of itchy rashes like that are viral illnesses, medications, and an allergic reaction to something you came in contact with. Impossible t ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Probably not...: Most patients with community-acquired MRSA have the skin symptoms that you describe. With treatment, the infection is not likely to become a systemic ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience in General Surgery
Not if it is treated: Properly using apropriate antibiotics and surgical drainage when necessary, assuming normal immune function. Show it to a doctor for specific advice.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victoria Cirillo-Hyland
36 years experience in Dermatology
It can: If a sebaceous cyst, also known as an epidermal inclusion cyst, becomes inflamed enough it will drain on its own. They can be painful if inflamed. D ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience in Pain Management
DM and Boilds : Boils in the groin area are not a classical sign for diabetes. Excessive thirst, excessive hunger, frequent urination are. I've seen patients presen ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Sometimes: Folliculitis caused by bacterial infection can be painful. Other kinds are itchy, and still others have no symptoms at all.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Coden
36 years experience in Ophthalmology
Minimally: A stye is a layman's word for chalazion, which as an ophthalmologist, is very commonly seen and treated on a daily basis. An injection of local anesth ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Antibiotics: If antibiotics do not work or the gland becomes infected again, then incision and drainage is appropriate.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Haider Goussous
62 years experience in General Surgery
Yes: The infection makes the cyst grow bigger streching the wall of the cyst causing pain.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Herpes: Herpes simplex is definitely not a bacterial infection. It is caused by a virus.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: If the white blood cell count is performed while you have a significant skin/ soft tissue infection, the WBC's may be elevated, but I am not sure that ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
36 years experience in Pediatrics
Home surgery: Not usually work out too well.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Staph colonization: Of your nose.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience in General Surgery
Removal : Entire cyst had to be cut out. If the area us too large, sometimes, it will have to left open and a "wound vac" applied. Ur surgeon will discuss this ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Have this medically : Assessed to determine the proper course of treatment.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Lavin
41 years experience in Pediatrics
An infection: A furuncle is a large pimple, or an infection near the surface of the skin that forms a ball of pus. They are cleared with drainage and use of antibi ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It drains: It should be cultured as it may be infected or sterile and you may need antibiotics, usually if you have a barth cyst , you want it drained before it ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Stanford
22 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Treatment time: For most abscesses, treatment is faster with drainage vs just taking an antibiotic. And, often, drainage is the only treatment that is needed. Howev ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
26 years experience in General Surgery
All: Undrained pus will allow the abcess to get bigger, more painful, and take longer to heal. See your surgeon.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Not usually: This is not typically advised but on occasion, dermatologists will inject lesions with steroids.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Not necessarily: No, boils and furuncles existed long before there were antibiotics to become resistant to. However, MRSA is a common cause of boils these days. It's ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
It could be: Cellulitis can be caused by a number of different bacteria. Usually streptococcus or staphylococcus is involved but other bacteria are often the culp ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Carefully: A boil is a skin abscess. If it is small, you may use hot packs and if it has come to a head, you may carefully prick the "head" and gently express t ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Has to been seen: Without looking at the site, most of us are unable to completely diagnose but only speculate. If it is painful it could be a boil, infected cyst or e ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience in Podiatry
Drainage first: They are a form of an abscess and they need to be drained. A course of antibiotics may need to be prescribed as well.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Drain: A furuncle is a boil, a purulent inflammation of a hair follicle. These usually pop, aided by a warm compress. If it does not do that in a couple of d ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience in Hospital-based practice
Recurrent furuncles: Fit uncles can occur very frequently if you have some kind of immuniodeficiency syndromes or diabetes or colonization of staph like in the nasal cavit ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Robinul (glycopyrrolate): Serious reactions for Robinul (glycopyrrolate) include: anaphylaxis, intestinal obstruction, heat stroke, seizures, arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, respi ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Boil home remedies: In some cultures turmeric is ingested or is made into a poultice which is externally applied for the treatment of boils. In traditional chinese med ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience in Dermatology
Infected cyst: Boils usually start as a small pimple or cyst that become infected and then fill with pus and become very large, inflamed and painful. They occur in a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Boils from Staph: Some germs can live on surfaces for a short time - and I wonder if you're being repeatedly exposed in this gym. I think maybe you can try working out ... Read More
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