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what causes boils and how to get rid of them

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
See your doctor: Your doctor will examine this and determine why pus is present and likely open and drain or even remove the entire pus pocket. If appropriate he will ... Read More

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Boils: A boil is a localized infection in the skin that begins as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm, hard, and more tender. Eventuall ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Follow-up: Sorry you are in pain. What medications are you on, antibiotics? Warm compresses can be used but if the pain persists and the boil is getting larger ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
You should: see a healthcare provider sooner than later since these "lines" of pimples or boils could actually be a staph or strep infection that is about to get ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Tamler
32 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Boils: It usually takes 2 -10 days once treatment is started. They are treated with antibiotics.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you are: experiencing recurrent boils - I would encourage medical assessment to determine the cause.
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Have to: You have to see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. An infectious disease doctor could help you also.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Hot soaks: Warm wet pads place over the boil will allow it to come to a head, break open and drain. Do not squeeze it. That may help to put bacteria into your ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience Geriatrics
Boils: Boils are abscesses caused by bacteria producing pus like staphylococcus. Some people are prone to them because their immune system does not protect t ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Boils: Mmay be colonized with MRSA ( methacillin resistent staph aureus) or other staph. Wash daily, clean clothes , wash after sweating. Can try Hibiclens ... Read More

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