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how long do boils last

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liengkong Siew
54 years experience Gynecology
Viral infection pain: If you are certain it as boils than you have to be seen by gyn to rule out herpes besides trauma. Vaginitis seldom presents as boil. Except aforementi ... Read More
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Bartholinitis: You may have an infection of your Bartholin's gland and may have to be treated like a boil by using hot compresses to bring the infection to a head. Y ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: If this is staph aureus they may recur after rupturing and draining. It may be necessary to get this cultured and possibly treated with antibiotics, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Abcess: Perianal abscesses or boils are quite uncomfortable for several days and I would postpone any travel plans until you are free from pain, drainage and ... Read More
Dr. Michael Perez
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Not long- 1 day: there may be lingering soreness but draining the boil is usually great relief if there is a lot of surrounding infected tissue, it could last another ... Read More
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Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Donut pillow: would be helpful if you have to travel, however run it by your doctor, need to check your blood sugar if you get boils often, your doctor would advis ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Folliculitis: See a dermatologist for best result. Meanwhile get a shampoo with salicylic acid or zinc pyrethrum or selenium sulfide or ketoconazole and use every d ... Read More
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Dr. William Harris
33 years experience Family Medicine
Long time: As an infection is allowed to progress, there will be more redness, heat, pain, swelling, and eventually drainage. You may more immediately have your ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
12 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Finish antibiotics: A 39 year old female with a boil (or abscess) drained in the ER and now on antibiotics. These skin infections are often treated with a combination dr ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Get treatment: Boils are usually skin infections and should be treated with antibiotics. There are other disorders that may look like boils but may represent auto-im ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
25 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Unfortunately, this depends on a huge number of factors including but not exclusive of patient, age, health, past history, underlying factors, how the ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
16 years experience Family Medicine
10 days: If not healed with topical antibiotics (clindamycin 1%) and benzoyl peroxide washes, may need to culture and make sure it's not MRSA or other infectio ... Read More
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