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the difference between a skin boil and mrsa

A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cultured? drained?: If the boil has not been cultured I do not know how they can say with certainty that it is not mrsa. That being said MRSA does tend to make more pain ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
Baby w/MRSA & eczema: People with eczema often have increased numbers of staph on their skin. Staph worsen eczema by releasing their antigens onto skin which causes more in ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Levens
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
Probably ok: Hopefully the clinic took a wound culture and placed you on antibiotics. You should follow up in a few days if it does not improve.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Cause/effect: A boil is an abscess--a collection of pus caused by a bacterial infection. Mrsa (methicillin-resistant staph. Aureus) is a type of bacteria that ofte ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Different bacteria: Pimples are usually caused by staph or step bacteria. Most of the time penicillin works to kill these bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria is resistant to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keira Barr
21 years experience Dermatology
Single vs multiples: Boils and carbuncles are painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin when hair follicles become inflammed and infected by bacteria. Boils (fur ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Bugs and boils: MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, an increasingly common bacteria that can cause different clinical conditions from boils o ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Gilchrist
15 years experience Dermatology
Size mostly: A zit/pimple is a hair follicle filled with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria. But it is just one hair follicle. An abscess (a boil) is usually muc ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Staph infections...: ...Including MRSA are more invasive than diaper rash, with more swelling and skin destruction, sometimes bubbling, sometimes pus.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Abscess: Abscess- infection of subcutaneous tissue or organ>1cm pusutle is a tiny abscess. A furuncle is an infection of hair follicle, can become an abscess i ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
Boil vs Acne: Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.A boil is a skin infection that starts in a ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
Same: pimple is a single pimple but acne may mean many pimples
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Levens
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
The same: Anytime the skin is penetrated or opened a wound is created. This can vary from a puncture wound to a large deep opening. "broken skin" can occur fro ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Voron
50 years experience Dermatology
See below: A cyst is a sac with an outer membrane and material within it. A skin tag is an outgrowth of normal skin attached with a thin stalk.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Similar: Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to some of the common anti-staph drugs, such as methicillin and cephalosporins.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Boil: In layman's terms, a boil is just a huge, infected pimple. Sometimes they require lancing, or draining. It is usually caused by a staph infection an ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
If Pilonidal, yes: If this is due to a pilonidal cyst, successful treatment may require surgery in order to excise the cyst contents. If not this could recur. Other stan ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seema Patel
26 years experience Holistic Medicine
Types of acne: Acne can be whiteheads, blackheads, papules (red bumps), pustules (like the folliculitis pustule) and or cystic deep acne. Folliculitis is just a hai ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Two very different: things. A blister contains clear fluid (sometimes blood) & is found in separated layers of epidermis or between epidermis & dermis. A boil i ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jane Eason
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Abscess, pustule: A pustule is a small swelling/elevation of skin that contains pus and cellular debris. An abscess is a collection of pus, either close to the skin, w ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Same: A zit is slang for pimple. Larger pimples are called cysts.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Color: Certainly, blackhead looks black and whitehead look white, but it's not that simple. Blackhead and white head both are mild/early forms of pimple/acne ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not much: Pustule is a small abscess and furuncle is an abscess of a hair follicle. An abscess is a collection of pus in any tissues.

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