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how does toothpaste help boils

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mjos
43 years experience Dentistry
No: Never heard of this for treating a boil.
Dr. Thomas Marxen
35 years experience Periodontics
Thanks for asking!: To my knowledge there are no research articles on this subject. I would not advise it!
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Dr. Jerry Hu answered
22 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Miracle?: If toothpaste was a miracle worker for everything from skin rashes, to boils, to acne, to lubrication, to stuff you use downstairs, it would be worth ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience Dermatology
Use warm compresses: Not sure about the toothpaste, although to be honest i would avoid it to prevent irritant contact dermatitis in that sensitive area. Warm compresses w ... Read More
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Dr. Jack Binder
Specializes in Dentistry
Infection: Sounds like you have an infection. Toothpaste will not get rid of it. Find out where the infection is coming from and get it treated. See a dentist ... Read More
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
17 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
No: You need to see a doctor for that, you can clean the area with peroxide or alcohol in the interim.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Boil Therapy: The primary home remedy for most boils is heat application, usually with hot soaks or hot packs. Heat application increases the circulation to the are ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Possibly.: I don't know for sure, but I have heard the same thing. It couldn't hurt to try!
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
24 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Warm yes: Not sure about toothpaste. But definitely moist heat.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
NO: In fact it is not much help for anything. If you have boils, especially chronic, best see a dermatologist.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
No : They should be treated drained by your doctor.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Warm soaks: Warm soaks may bring the boil to drain spontaneously. If not go to the emergency department for a procedure to drain it. You may need antibiotics.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Voron
50 years experience Dermatology
See below: A boil is a bacterial infection of the skin. A persistent boil would result from infection with an aggressive bacteria that the body's normal defense ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: Don't pop it. Apply warm compresses. An abscess may require medical intervention.
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Roazen
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
See a doctor.: If you have a simple abscess, hot compresses can help draw it to a head so it can drain. But there are lots of other possibilities for the condition y ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
It might: I would see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

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