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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Should heal: The small hole after popping a boil will heal itself. It may form a scar but it will heal. It's not advisable to pop a boil at home though.
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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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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
38 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on many: Factors: size of wound; depth of wound; location of wound; pt's overall state of health (diabetics often take longer to heal). If lanced boil, size of ... Read More
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Varies: A boil will burst when it is big , unless opened by an md with a procedure. Do not squeexe a boll since that wi cause it to spread under the skin and ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Yes: It is good for boils and rarely causes any allergy. Drainage of a boil is far more important than an antibiotic.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Varies a lot...: Boils come in many sizes, such as 1/4 of an inch up to more than an inch. They can be anywhere in the body. Also, different people's bodies react to b ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nelson Nicolasora
25 years experience Infectious Disease
Variable..: Again it all depends on the size of the boil. Adequate drainage means that most of the pus has been removed and the lesion does not swell back up and ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Variable: If you have an abscess it may need to be incised to get adequate drainage to allow for healing.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More

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