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is it normal to have a lump after a boil is drained

A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Boil: Sounds like it is resolving - this seems to be a normal progression of things. Does not sound like a sexually transmitted disease. However, if you ha ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Still infected.: If the boil is hard and still hurts, it has not completely drained. Get checked and see. If small, heat and antibiotics may help. If larger, it may ... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Boil: Return to your doctor to be checked. It is possible that your original abscees wasnt adequately drained and needs to be drained again.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Keep using warm: compresses several times a day till lump is gone.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Newman
28 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Talk to surgeon: You need to be checked by the doc that did the drainage. It likely will resolve - after it is emptied, it takes time for the inflammation to easy off. ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
NO: These incisions heal from the inside out and the "lump" may be scar formation. Look for these following red flags: heat, pain, redness, swelling or fe ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Tony Willson
16 years experience Family Medicine
Time: The firm area is a consolidation of the boil as the body is slowly taking care of it. Don't mess with it as it may cause scarring underneath the skin ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Boil: The firm lump may be residual fibrosis after the infection drained. If this is so, gradual retraction of the tissue occurs for weeks and eventual shri ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
30 years experience Family Medicine
Probably: Try warm compresses and hydrocortisone cream to area. See your clinician asap if worsens.
A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: It is the defensive perimeter your body has made

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