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topical ointment for boils

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Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Boil: Try warm compresses as well as triple antibiotic ointment which is over the counter.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Not usually: If you have an allergy to the contents of the ointment that couls trigger a reaction.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
ICHTHAMMOL FOR BOILS: Many years ago,before antibiotics,this was the only topical medication for boils that was available. Rarely used now.
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Dr. Jason Forbes
15 years experience Wound care
Poor antibiotic: Ichthammol or black ointment is a drawing salve that may be helpful for minor skin lesions and irritations. A "boil" is a significant skin infection c ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See a dermatologist : For better evaluation, other important factors need to be assessed: your general state of health, your nutrition, whether you are diabetic, any immune ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
24 hours: According to the literature I have found it takes about 24 hours to bring it to a head. however, I am much more comfortable using antibiotics and dra ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: The only thing that treats a boil is drainage. The pus has to come out. Nothing applied to the skin will help.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Head Lesion: Without knowing exactly what this lesion is, and considering it has been there for two months, it's really time that you seek the help of a physician ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Skin abscess: Small skin abscesses (boils) will heal over time but often speeded by minor surgery to drain pus. Standard pain meds are recommended, such as aspirin ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marc Serota
13 years experience Dermatology
Yes but not helpful: Yes you can use this for some temporary pain relief but it would not treat the problem. Most likely the lesion needs to be drained and may also requi ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Christopher Smith
40 years experience Family Medicine
Boil: with all of the new MRSA staph infections out there. You really should have a doctor look at this boil to make sure it does not need to be lanced and ... Read More

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